“He said to them, ‘This is what the Lord commanded: Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’ So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. ‘Eat it today,’ Moses said, because today is a Sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.’ Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; no one is to go put. So the people rested on the seventh day.” (Exodus 16:23-30)
God told Israel to set apart the sabbath as a special time of rest. God had set the example for such a special time during he days of creation. Subsequent to this passage the Ten Commandments stipulated the setting apart of a special day to worship. The Sabbath was the most sacred day of the week for the Jew. It was cherished and hallowed by the worship of the Lord. The national worship of Israel culminated in the annual Festival of Passover, Festival of Unleavened Bead, and Festival of Weeks. The Day of Atonement rose to special prominence as a time of special repentance and confessional worship.
In the New Testament the early church continued to hold a special day of worship. Shortly after the ascension of the Lord Jesus, he early church began to worship on the first day (the Lord’s Day). You see the early Christians continued to worship in the Temple or synagogue until persecution drove them away. They then moved worship that they celebrated the Lord’s resurrection.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You continued to teach the people during and in the transition of the Old Testament to the New Testament. The people continued to worship You, before and after the persecution. You love us enough that we must strive to read Your Word everyday, for understanding and to ensure that what we do is within Your will and that through Your Word, You still talk to us regularly. This, we ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Our limitations are made by us, not by God.”
“On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.” (Acts20:7)
As outlined in the Exodus comments, the early church worshiped at differing times, for a variety of reasons. Certainly when the persecutions began, many were worshiping in home or outside of their community and eventually in the caves where they were hiding. The when is not as important as the act itself. It was important for them to worship, as it should be for all of us today. It is our way of witnessing to others, just how important our faith truly is.
“One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives hanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks o God.” (Romans14:5–6)
God gave us the example of the Creation. He worked six days and rested on the seventh. He wants us to understand that we cannot work all the time, for we must take a day to rest and refresh our faith in Him.
I guess the point being that we are to worship God on the seventh day, but we also can honor Him in our words and actions every day. There was a time, when I remember stores being closed on Sunday’s, except for emergency items, but that was a pretty short list of items. You didn’t see kids playing, because there was worship on Sunday morning and youth groups and choir practice on Sunday nights.
Second Thought of the Day:
“On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.” (Revelation1:10)
John was at worship and was “in the Spirit” meaning he was fully engulfed by the Holy Spirit in his worship. He “heard” behind him a loud voice like a trumpet.
What John heard led him to write the letters which make up Revelations 2:1-3:22. He did so while John worshiped on the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week celebrating Christ’s resurrection. The Spirit gave John the precise wording of the letters to the Churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.