09 November, 2007

Is the Sabbath Day Worth Fighting For in Our Culture?

Isaiah 58:13-14 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The answer is yes. The Lord calls us to keep a Sabbath that is devoted to Him and His worship. May the church and the culture 'turn from her own ways' and seek the Lord on His appointed holiday. There are great promises attached to honoring Him on the Sabbath day.

Westminster Confession XXI. VII. As it is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week, and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord's day, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath.

VIII. This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest, all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up, the whole time, in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.


Mark said...

I really appreciate your strong stance on the Sabbath. It's one of those things that one gets so used to seeing abused that one hardly thinks about it anymore. It's remarkable that so many people cheat themselves out of a day of rest. That's just stupid.

DROLLORD said...

Right, Mark. The reason we rest is that God delivered us from sin, brought His people out of Egypt, created all things, and then rested.

On your note, Mark, 52 guaranteed days off beats celebrating all civil and liturgical holidays throughout the year. It would be losing one's sanity to make such a trade.

Not being able to do what they want indicates a wicked principle that the people want to do their pleasure on the Sabbath. And a demand that others cater to their foolish whims, (e.g. football games thus concession stands that have to be run, etc.) only shows forth the truth that they are not contented to do just what they want but promote others who do the same.

Greg B. said...

I wonder how many theonomists would be consistent enough to say that professional sports players that work on Sunday should be put to death?

Exodus 31:15 'For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.

-Greg B.