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Sabbath 201

Kameron DeVasher


Kameron DeVasher

Director of Sabbath School & Personal Ministries, Michigan Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church



  • September 20, 2014
    11:00 AM
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the title of our message today it is Sabbath two oh one now this this quarter we were at our evangelistic series we covered many the principle of foundation concepts of them demonstrate bounded by the word Sabbath being one of them and if you want to those meetings or if you been in attendance of the seven Dennis church for any good amount of time on the argument had you listened to a sermon on the step and most likely that sermon had recounted from the Scripture the reasons why we keep the seventh ASAP we understand that the seventh day were Saturday is the Sabbath of the Lord God it was set apart as holy at creation after God rested from all the work creating he doubled previous six days before the commander then tells us to remember the Sabbath to keep it what holy of as a gun made it holy creation our job is to maintain a reverence for that day of holiness and of course you can search high and low you will not find one trace of the Bible text differs from a prophet or apostle recuses himself mentioning any other day that is set apart as holy the seven day thoughts is still the Sabbath of the Lord your God and in it you shall not do any work and freedom at festivals or odds are you go through and it takes a while to do that study go back to Genesis and you go to exit as the need of the life of Christ the new look of the apostles then you look at Isaiah and show activity kept their eternity and even got left they can immediately be born will keep the commandments of God at the testimony of Jesus and we want to keep those commitment and that is Sabbath one oh one but there is a seven day it is still in effect he was instituted before sin and will be kept throughout eternity and we cording to the commandment should keep the Sabbath day holy but beyond that question sometimes arrived about Sabbath that those previous messages don't have time to articulate thus we have Sabbath two oh one going the the basic one is the Sabbath and when does the Sabbath you what's the purpose of the Sabbath and how to like keep it holy the glutinous Sabbath two oh one today but before we begin with some work for ugly father thank you so much for this day particularly the Sabbath day thank you for creating such a thing at all and inviting us to join you in its rest Lord help us to the pages of Scripture to understand more about this day more about your purpose for it in our role to play as we keep the Sabbath holy for we pray in Jesus name amen perhaps Jesus most well known a statement about the Sabbath is found in the book of markets Chapter two verse twenty seven but as I began to say it odds are you could vote it along with me but Jesus simply said the Sabbath was made for whom man and not man for the Sabbath and of course man bears the word and propose which needs all of humanity not just a certain race of people or a national identity people at all mankind is supposed to benefit from the blessing of Sabbath rest the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath but what does that actually mean to see what is the purpose of the Sabbath at all now contrary to what our wood is often said and I've heard it said and I think it's well intended I think in some a good place in people 's hearts I just think it's it the best partially true and perhaps even totally wrong clinics limiting contrary to what is often said the Sabbath was not given to humanities merely because God knew we needed a break from working hard everyday I've heard that all the Lord knows we need is that the week is so long with you so are the work is so toilsome that if we didn't have the Sabbath breaking which is where ourselves silly and run ourselves ragged and in the nose do we need a break from work which is true of you need a break from work that the original intent of the Sabbath by the way I believe this misconception that leads people to sleep us out of the way instead of making a day of sacred activity but will come back to that later will keep your toes intact for now Isaiah chapter forty in verse twenty eight Isaiah chapter forty in verse twenty eight small text to give the big thought about God tells us something about God that we might not often think about it apparently it's such a common thing that you should almost be common sense is written with a rhetorical question as if to say about a specific visit have you not known so whatever you got to tell us this is something we should just kind of know have you not known have you not heard the everlasting God the Lord the Creator of the ends of your neither faints nor is what we are in his understanding is unsearchable he doesn't say he doesn't grow weary of unanswered question who was the first to keep the Sabbath day holy and God himself was not he arrested and after he rested he said now that what I just did that is Sabbath and now I give it to you but God was the originator of Sabbath rest but according to this passage he doesn't need physical rest he doesn't grow weary he doesn't grow faith he doesn't tire out so why did the Lord take a break and rest by the way the work rests is not resting in sleep that the Lord did it was ceasing from doing those laborers it was a pause in the action it was a stoppage of the other stuff to make way for another thing it wasn't stopping all activity it was simply seizing that other activity that you have this special they set aside why would God do that in the beginning was easy for the same well yes God does the tire humans do and he knew that we would need it and so we instituted on our behalf exemplify how to keep it and then gave it to which is true but when man was made and when the Sabbath was given some man had there been any sin yet no and toilsome work not work itself but are wearying sweaty labor was a consequence of the fall it was not an original condition which man was subjected in fact it leaves the question is Adam 's work in the garden and all of our workers of course no one was supposed to send with it we were all supposed to be in that even ideal for the rest of eternity so why would we need in a perfect environment a day off to recuperate from those other six why would men need at Sabbath even in paradise of the questions brought up and you find interesting interim patriarchs and Prophets page forty eight God saw that the Sabbath was essential for man even in paradise he needed to lay aside his own interests and pursuits for one day of the seven that he might more fully contemplate the works of God and meditate upon his power and goodness says nothing about manual labor or physical exhaustion is talking about own interests and pursuits versus God 's contemplation of his power and his greatness in his character goes on he needed a Sabbath to remind him more vividly of God and to awaken gratitude because all that he enjoyed and possessed came from the beneficent hand of the Creator that we go to exit his check thirty one which was our Scripture reading today and we see that it makes more sense seen in this light but apparently the original ideal of the Sabbath was not merely a physical break from hard work that we can hear up for another week of artwork is not just a rest physically effect is not even primarily that it may not even be that all the original intent of the Sabbath was to recalibrate our connection with God and become more like him exist chapter thirty one again verses twelve and thirteen explaining the purpose of the Sabbath we read this and the Lord spoke to Moses saying speak also to the children of Israel saying surely my sabbaths but is that not your Sabbath to Sabbath my fats you shall keep it as is my day that I'm inviting you to keep my Sabbath you shall keyboard is a sign between me and you throughout your generations that you may does not say rest is that you may want no better the Sabbath is a perpetual sign that we will knows something about God what is that something that you may know that I am the Lord who does what sanctifies you now of course the curtain the Sabbath is a memorial of God 's creation but after the fall is also a memorial of our retention and it reminds us that in the Lord and I will make the day holy but also makes possible any invites us into that time spend with him to meditate on his creation to look at his marvelous work of redemption and to become more and more like him that you may know that I am the Lord sanctifies the primary function of the Sabbath then is not rest from physical labor that out though now that work is difficult our bodies definitely need the benefit of weekly rest but originally Sabbath was designed to let us calibrate ourselves spiritually to God is our Creator and of course after the fall is our Redeemer the same God who made the Sabbath holy can make us holy as well as we meditate on his character that biblical principle by beholding to become chain we need that Sabbath to behold God and his word in his works and in his service to the world so we can become more like him that we may know that he is the Lord God sanctifies us so think about this apparently Sabbath is not just a time that we keep my next experience that we share with the Lord the process of sanctification of becoming more like Christ becoming more like our Creator and Redeemer so we can extend this investigator arranged by the way for every Saturday off from work everyone even avoid regular daily activities like shopping going to eat whatever it is sports no you go to church goal haul have a nice healthy vegetarian meal anyone who does they dress up all day long until the sun goes down which denied a believer the seven forty six p.m. you can do all that and still not have kept the Sabbath if you haven't reconnect with the Lord and let him do his work in you of sanctifying and making more like the creator the Sabbath is not just the time but it's the experience the time allows for Sabbath is a special time designed to renew us into the image of God the contemplation of his created works through corporate fellowship Bible study and worship through missionary activities brothers by the way were to come to that's how Jesus kept the Sabbath we behold the image of God and become more like our Creator and our Redeemer but I did mention sunset novices sometimes something we don't often go over but the seventh day Sabbath people think our son comes up Saturday morning that the Sabbath slowdown was when does the Sabbath actually begin when does the Sabbath actually began and there's a twofold answer to this one you probably know that if it is one of the second one would intimate extended even a little bit more political all of the Genesis chapter one and verse one when does the Sabbath actually begin and hearing some mumblings of sunset and you are correct and the question is why let's find out from the Bible why is this the case why not let it be a standard Time like six p.m. to six p.m. a rebellious six a.m. to six a.m. or when the sun comes up like we record all the other days why do we have to be so peculiar about keeping the Sabbath and sunset on Friday to sundown again on Sabbath evening why this construction Genesis chapter one starting with verse one in the beginning God created the heavens and the art the earth was without form and void and with that word darkness was upon the face of the deep in the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters now there's a lot being said there in just two verses of Scripture and either don't know exactly for boy means that I don't know it but I do know enormously darkness is simply the absence of light it simply dark we know what Dartmouth is in the original condition of this place is now called Earth was dark nothing had to rectify that is the very first step in his work of creation was solving the dark problem so we go to verse three then God said let there be what lineup on Friday or very elementary and if I'm going beneath you just deal with it the earth started dark and then became light it was not a big bright place and the Lord said let there be darkness the catalyst light all the time that it was dark and he said that only needs a license to starting the darkness he created light let there be light verse four and God saw the light but it was good in God divided the light from the darkness of the separation is not just a haze of gray all the time in the statement right the dark first but God called the light what day and the darkness he called night so the evening and the morning with the first day notice the construction of the day in God 's reckoning has two parts the dark part in a Breitbart and evening and a morning makes wine the day so we haven't evening first and then the morning because it started dark ebony made light into the evening and the morning makes a day bigoted like your horizon yes and the sun goes down making the dark part that it comes up again make the date part in these two parts together make one 24-hour period called the day and in the evening part is the beginning of the day and you see that all throughout the rest of the creation week the same construction verse fourteen almost identical language to verse three the fourth day is very similar to the first day but only one letter different for sporting venue God said let there be what with the letter the different F like Laurel in the further than to divide the day from the night now we are a set up the cycle of evening and morning but now he's creating the celestial bodies to continue or to perpetuate that cycle viewed already established then God said let there be lights in the firm of the heavens to divide the day from the night and let them be for signs and seasons and for days and years and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light on the earth and it was so then God made two great lights the greater light to rule the day which of course referred to as the sun the lesser light to rule the night he made the stars also God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth and rule over the day and over the night and to divide the light from the dark it's easy to the continual reference to keeping the dark and the light separate and continue the cycle in verse nineteen says of the evening in the morning the fourth day every day starts with a dark part and the like are so in the sun goes down the day has just started in the sun goes down at candidate has just ended and the next day has begun organizing that all throughout the Scripture God 's people recommend their days accordingly Leviticus chapter twenty three to the right in your Bible is really can't go to the left in your Bible this point Leviticus chapter twenty three outlines the feasts of the Lord the ceremonial feast appointed forward or prefigured or shadowed Jesus in his ministry and each of them was supposed to be a special holy day and they were to be treated as though they were a Sabbath day in fact I call them a special Sabbath day and in the weekly Sabbath day was to be the template for how you kept these other holy days you kept them like they were Sabbath even if they fallow Tuesday that was a Sabbath a seven on the Sabbath but ASAP of the Lord and he goes through all of them and if you go to chapter twenty three verse thirty two in speaking of this Sabbath day because the Sabbath day of atonement and it tells us specifically how to keep it and when it starts chapter twenty three verse thirty two it shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest a day you shall afflict your souls on the ninth day of the month at win evening from the evening to evening you shall celebrate your sabbath so from a evening time from sunset from some down to the next one down that's what constituted that special Sabbath day good further to the right the book of Nehemiah in the book of Psalms you've gone quite far cookbook back to the left Nehemiah chapter thirteen if you recall this is in Nehemiah chapter thirteen when EMI was coming back to Jerusalem to see the Sabbath reforms he has instituted how they were going and they were going very well and so we had to make further regulations about keeping the Sabbath to make sure that it was not profane and we read in verse verse seventeen Nehemiah chapter thirteen verse seventeen then I can send it with the nobles of Judah and said to them what evil thing is this that you do by which you profane the Sabbath day and you want to read the more context there were shopping and buying and selling and eating all the different things which is regular day and he asked the rhetorical question verse eighteen did not your father 's new bus and did not our God bring all this disaster on nothing on the city yet you bring added rap on Israel by profane the Sabbath would be due verse nineteen so I was at the gates of Jerusalem that check this language as it began to be what dark as its beginning to be dark right before the Sabbath so the Sabbath starts when it is dark yes but as he sees the sun going down is starting on dark that's when he starts doing what he does here I commended the gates to be shot in short that they might must not be open until after the Sabbath that is when it goes dark again from evening to evening is either the New Testament as well go to the book of John chapter twenty Jesus of course was crucified on a Friday with the because Good Friday no rested in the tomb on the Sabbath as was his custom throughout his life so it wasn't his death and then he went to work on the first day of the week Sunday morning he resurrected the third day but only to notice something in the language of John chapter twenty maybe it has sometimes been done chapter twenty in verse one now of the first day of the week so not to be elementary but what day of the week if it the first day Sunday right Mary Magdalena went to the tomb when early on the first day of the week while it was still what so apparently the first day of the week started while it was still dark out you don't wait for the thunder and call it a day people think what's how can he risen on Sunday if it was still dark out and into Saturday night no actually it was halfway through Sunday when the sun came up right the dark part all that she could even arisen at two a.m. if you want to do is still the first day of the week biblically speaking while it's still dark Jesus would get up early in the morning but while it was still dark but it was still that day because the day had begun its sunsets and would continue until the following sunset cc this construction all throughout the Bible not many of you already well aware that sundown to sundown is when God reckons a day in his Sabbath day is the same but here's the next step I would say below the Sabbath itself begins at sunset on Friday preparation for the Sabbath should begin long before that be honest it's too often in my life I've remember the Sabbath day as is becoming the Sabbath day for all its own yes it's out of that's right I forgot and you realize you going to Sabbath with no preparations made nothing set aside nothing ready and what happens to your Sabbath day remember you don't quite keep it holy in order to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy got a remember before it becomes a you got a look long in advance and make planning by the way this is also outlined in Scripture back to Exodus chapter sixteen exits chapter sixteen as the Lord was leading his children of Israel out of the land of Egypt course in Egypt they were persecuted and the Sabbath had been completely lost sight of their nearly completely lost sight of the Ring Institute the whole thing and as they were coming out he starts teaching the lessons of how to keep the Sabbath before he even gave them the law outside of Exodus chapter sixteen with Go Daddy verse twenty two if you recall they got bread from heaven every single day each day they were supposed to get back day 's worth of food look at verse twenty two and so it was on the six day that they gathered twice as much red suited twice as much work for your food on Friday they needed any other day of the week they gathered twice as much rent to own horse for each one and all the rules the congregation came and told Moses then he said to them this is what the Lord had said tomorrow is a Sabbath rest a holy Sabbath of the Lord Bakewell you will break today and boil what you will boil and lay up for yourselves all that remains to be kept until sizzling yes tomorrow is Sabbath but you don't start keeping Sabbath women's identities are making plans for keeping Sabbath arranging your life so that Sabbath can be the day that God wants to be long before those sunset hours again does that make sense Luke chapter twenty three through the New Testament again the experience of the death and of Christ and people 's real reaction to it Jesus of course as we mentioned by on the cross on Friday late Friday afternoon into it will pick up the story Luke chapter twenty three and verse fifty twenty three and verse fifty Scripture reads now behold there was a man named Joseph a council member a good adjustment did not consider the incision indeed he was from Arimathea to give the Jews who himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus if you recall arthritis you know the story of Christ's crucifixion the Sabbath was beginning to draw near and said they didn't want to work on the Sabbath by executing people so they just killed them faster signal and brake the legs when they came to Christ he was already dead and now the question is what you do with the body Joseph of Arimathea asked highly for permission to care for the body of Christ verse fifty three they took it down wrapped in linen and laid it assumed it was hewn out of rock where no one had ever laid before that day was the last it became known Friday in known it in relationship to Sabbath it was an extension of the Sabbath not in the East are keeping private you get ready to keep it on Friday the students think it was the preparation day and the Sabbath drew near it was not there yet but it was the day when you make preparations for city five and women who would come with him from Galilee followed after and they observed the tomb and how his body was laid then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils but it does not say they went and anointed the body of Jesus than why not and they rested on the Sabbath according to so why were they rushing to the tomb but reversed E for verse one now on the first day of the week very early in the morning as we are told in the other Gospels was still dark out they were eager to get their what were they going to you want to apply the things that they had prepared they made preparations and they rest the bases from their labor and they picked it up again on the first day of the week they prepared on Friday to keep the Sabbath the next day not say from personal space one of the reasons Sabbath is often not the joy it should or could be because we fail to make adequate preparations before the Sabbath riots we may do some councils of the church page two sixty three all through the week we are to have the Sabbath in mind and be making preparation to keep it according to the command or thought about that let's sit down and actually budget or schedule our time for Sabbath if seven is truly the most important day of its gods Day of the day he set apart and sanctified is holy in my job is to keep it holy perhaps the first thought in my mind to be before I take your what I do on Sunday around the house are Monday Friday to the week what do I need to do to make sure that Sabbath is the most important starting from the date of the minute the sun goes down on Sabbath was start looking forward to the next set how can we be keeping how can it be special what we had planned for that day is a good or the disconnect at the soft garden on on I guess in the alt of the week would have the Sabbath in mind in the making preparation to keep it according to men continues when the Sabbath is thus remembered the temporal will not be allowed to encroach upon the spiritual no duty pertaining to the six working days will be left for the Sabbath during the week our energies will not be so exhausted and temporal labral that on the day of when the Lord rested was refreshed we shall be too weary to engage in his service as an implication when we start to see the Sabbath is merely a break from daily labor so that I can have some rest for me we missed the whole purpose of the stop but the Sabbath is not just another day for your pleasures even if sleeping all day would be one of the apparently were supposed to be passwords are not even drawn to that I'm not exhausted I'm not drawn out but I'm ready and energized for Sabbath so I can enjoy the fellowship I can take a walk disgrace like to be part of his people into his work on his day which brings up the next question always ask okay I see that the seventh day is the Sabbath and the commandment clearly says you shall do no work nor anyone in your household so I know what not to be one step don't work so what is it that I actually do and often times the presentation of what we do on Sabbath is not taught so much as its cost he explained that again is not so much I often have not heard what it is used with the ones that I've heard what you're not supposed to do on Sabbath Limited become invisible what is it you people do on Sabbath well-known exercise we can show it and for many people at the data sleeping later than normal detailing the status will maybe if we catch church agrees by the time sermon is why we take the attendance at that time it is a potluck many go now and not and then you have people over happy meal and discover I will Sabbath kept the listened characters on everybody I can these be me when of going up and I look in the bulletin what time you have been the if I was really adept you can set an alarm for seven forty five that's when I wake up closing Sabbath prayer optimist that I actually wanted but I demonstrated loyalty to God that I have endured another Saturday obviously this would once stuck with his IQ was what should Sabbath keeping actually consist of was good Isaiah chapter fifty eight Isaiah chapter fifty eight verses thirteen and fourteen especially our the quintessential Sabbath texts I guarantee you if you have been doing evangelism meeting appeared the Sabbath preached a bond Isaiah fifty eight and said look at verses thirteen and fourteen is a site that is true this is true about the Sabbath it says here in verse thirteen if you turn away your foot from the Sabbath are doing your pleasure on my holy day and call the sabbath a delight not enough to catch the juxtaposition there but apparently I'm not doing my pleasure but I am delighting so much stopped having pleasure how do I delight to people things seems a little off and on construction and call the sabbath a delight a holy day in the holy day of the Lord Honorable and shall honor him not doing your own ways were planning on pleasure nor speaking your own words so that all the things were not doing right there's an implication that right it doesn't mean don't speak any words or don't have any pleasure or don't do anyways that this is not your way we are to speak words we are supposed to do things we are supposed to have a delight it's just not the typical pleasures we would normally see if the Lord arts were sporting venue shall delight yourself in the Lord will cause you to ride on the high hills of Europe in Fiji with a heritage of Jacob your father the mouth of the Lord spoken will anyone ever talk about this I think I'd could be eight we always go to the last two verses but apparently the whole chapter is speaking about people who are religious in name who keep the feast of the Lord who observed the seventh day Sabbath but they're not getting the rich fulfillment but they expect out of it looking to verse one with the other into my fifty eight starting verse one the Lord 's command to his profit cry aloud spare not lift up your voice like a trumpet tell my people their transgression in the house of Jacob their sins will pay later doing something wrong at all transmission is called sin but the look of an excellent verse two yet they seek me early is not pagan idol worshiping heathens is a God study is that tell my people their trend of God 's people they love to seek his face he goes on to cite and delight to know my ways like to know the truth God 's work and nation as a nation they did right is visited not forsake the Lord their God Billy their Sabbath keeping they asked me the ordinance of justice they take delight in approaching God the love religious service that's great but look at the question verse three why have we fasted they say and you would not widely afflicted our souls and you take no notice apparently they're doing all the right things call the people got you weren't not yet they're not find in the rich fulfillment but that has been promised anything like why have you not kept here we are keeping what you wear this rich blessing and look at the answer to diverse spot is it a fact that I have chosen the day for a man who afflicted soul isn't about them is a likable rectus sackcloth and ashes and you call this a fast acceptable data the Lord Billy doing all these things in his wasn't fulfilling than the Lord answers were six is this not the fact that I have chosen to loose the bonds of wickedness to undo the heavy burdens to let the oppressed go free and that you break every euro is it not to share your bread with the hungry and you bring to your house or who are cast out when you see the naked that you cover him and not hide yourself from your own flesh then your light shall break forth like the morning your healing shall spring forth speedily and your righteousness shall go before you the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard then you shall call on the Lord will answer usual cry he will say here I am it you take away the guilt from your midst of pointing a finger in the speaking wickedness if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul then your light shall dawn in the darkness in your darkness shall be of the noonday the Lord will guide you continually can satisfy your soul in drought and strengthen your bond the usual be like a watered garden like a spring of water waters do not fail to it basically outlines as part of keeping the Sabbath and keeping the ordinance of God and being the people of God is not just about what you get out of it and keeping it but apparently useless use this time to be a blessing for others this by the way was how Jesus get anytime you say no what should I do you know that you know the typical answer will what would Jesus do what we do is speculate it's written down what he did we know what Jesus did we can example John chapter five John chapter five by the way Jesus attend church every Sabbath yes he did think inactive no was not John chapter five will start the first five store you likely will familiar with the healing at the pool of Bethesda it says in John chapter five in verse five now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty eight years this guy was sick longer than I've been alive a thirty eight years when Jesus saw him lying there and that was the disaster and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time he said to him you want to be made well thirty eight years he's been sick and Jesus shows up this day that you would be made well sick Manchester I have no medical be in the pool when the water is stirred up while I'm coming other steps down before me Jesus said them rise take your bed and walk take your bed and walk rise take it that walked and immediately the man was made well soak up his dad and walked by the way someone makes you well he says now when you get up I want you to note jump to this who would you jump to the better believe it usually from thirty eight unique your wish is my command sir does rise take up your bed and walk which was a violation of the ceremonial Sabbath groups this man would've known that as I know women it should break the Sabbath when Jesus made me hold whoever's got the power to heal me like that I'll do it he says and he doesn't in the Bible specific reset and that day was the Sabbath no limit their first the Jews therefore said to him who was to him who was cured it is the Sabbath it is not lawful for you to carry your bed there was not a gone on with its love at you are carrying your bed love his answer look at verse eleven he answered them you made me well said to me take up your bed and walk I'm going to listen to whoever makes me well you haven't done a thing for me he made me well uncaring my vet them commenting on this we read and desire pages page two oh six Jesus come to magnify the law and make it honorable there is a rumor going on because they are hostages of the Sabbath breaker Sabbath is got away with nominal diseases breaking the Sabbath with the actually keeping the Sabbath keeping the Sabbath the most ideal way Jesus came to magnify the long make it honorable he had come to free the Sabbath from those burdensome requirements that admitted a curse instead of a blessing for this reason you chose on the Sabbath upon which to perform the act the feeling of Bethesda he could appeal the sick man as well in any other than a week or he might have simply cured him without bidding and airway is bad but this would not have given him the opportunity he desired monotonously the Jesus picked a fight but he was opened the conversation that would result everything he did was important in itself and its teachings a wise purpose underlay every act of Christ's life honor than ever think that Jesus just shot from the hip they were gone as well as dispute none of us think he was thinking about things is thoughtful purposeful and all of his actions among the afflicted ones at the pool he selected the worst case upon them to exercise his healing power supply things like who is the sickest guy here and he sees this who he knows already according to Scripture 's been sick thirty eight years that are ethnic purpose the worst-case one hundred exercises healing power and pain the man carried his bed to the city in order to publish the great work and been wrought on it particular bed take a walk right down the middle of town see what happens I doesn't it ask about that that carrying this would raise the question of what it was lawful to do on the Sabbath and would open the way for him to denounce the restrictions of the Jews in regard of the Lord 's day and declare their traditions boy something about it if we were to keep the Sabbath as the Jews instructed basically we would go to church we eat our meal and then we would do nothing else all day long Sabbath would have been a day of so many belts in the best way to keep it correctly is just don't do anything Jesus demonstrated through Sabbath keeping is nothing that the next page page two oh seven reread the Sabbath is not intended to be a period of useless inactivity the law carbon secular labor on the rest of the day of the Lord foiled again the livelihood must cease no labor for worldly pleasure or profit is lawful on that day but as God sees from his labor of creating an rest on the Sabbath and blessed so mad as to leave the occupations of this daily life and devote these sacred hours to healthful rest to worship and to holy the rest worship and deeds were doing the work of Christ healing the sick was in perfect accord with the law it honored set to be think about Isaiah chapter fifty eight and what it instructs us and we look at the example of Christ and what it teaches us about Sabbath keeping we would realize the Sabbath was given to us as a gift not so that we don't do but we have time to do the works of God that makes sense we somehow got drunk in this idea did all my work on the six days as the members of the news no work on the seventh day well not your but the Lords work Tuesday though secure pleasure but have the light in my day valid even I think that the eight work going to almost and they weren't doing anything crisis is this what I intended no in Christ came to typify the busiest day of this week was seven think about this will it look like if every one of us individually or even as a church family collectively decided to keep the Sabbath like Jesus kept the Sabbath would things be different in your life as rhetorical question is not condemnatory of this literally asking what would it look like I said look out at the example of Jesus and I want to minister to people and so I'm not trying to know do my own thing in the bag to be active that means on the go to Bob Nelson but what would it look like if we set our Lord you've given me twenty four hours from sunset to sunset how can I put in my step aside and do whatever it is you want me to do on this day you want to spend time with my family got it going to worship together with the church family no problem your medical minister for the lost no problem would look like I think we exceed more encouraging words and prayers for those going through difficulty in our church family we would seek out the hurting is not well established right on the film talk to them incurred some visit with visit those who are shot in who were sick elderly were hospitalized visit those who want Bible studies and spirit this one organized church our objective you think about this that my wife and I been fun with this what would it look like of course no my role instead is pretty dry but with what ever is allowed of my time to be completely mine what will I do with them is a time to escape from all hosts the church of there's a time for physical rest there absolutely is the Sabbath provides that for sure but think about making a Sabbath plan or schedule were a budget of your allotted Sabbath time in advance as you see the Sabbath with the sabbaths coming up with your say something like this once a month which is good to be spending family time together our nuclear family that's it we need time with the boys we need time with each other we need to be a family the student but not just that on another Sabbath was go visit our church family members this is take a few numbers and names in the Cisco visitor pray with them talk with them study the Bible with whatever to encourage them a bit build them up on another Sabbath with good outreach but every Sabbath but wouldn't it be great if we had a core of people who benefited the same people every week which is that you know a portion of my time even just once a month I can't outreach and I may be good at it I'm a lady will do the time but I'm a try to reach someone for Christ maybe let's go to the hospitals one other week with the hospitals and nursing homes and it was go visit people who need encouragement let's go actually be active in the Lords work what would it look like if we were so organized that every time we left on Sabbath this church building from church service per se we were this week losing her own spots in biding our time two seven forty six I was always kind of bugged me to be put the exact down to the minute I mean is the sundown we call eyes go look and see if the dark yet how hard is that we sometimes put in their so we can know her right of not raising kids is give me a new perspective on obedience they will go sweet charming little things that they are right up to what ever it is you say and just if you put your blocks away just to the letter of the law nothing more it's almost like they don't enjoy putting their toys away you could get that impression right is it possible to God looking his children as they know it's almost as though they're counting the very minute when it's over it's almost like they're not finding the light and the savages from swiftly start paying for the same all look forward to the best like if the big rock in the jar the one that we want to put the top priority if we were to seek you first the kingdom of God is that what this is your day I want to hear my way to making it special ownership everything is taken care of I would have a meal plan minor one and actively plan might interest the beloved life family in the woods that's great if you want to quit but let's put it into action so we can make sure that we could squeeze all the blessing of Sabbath we can in the Sabbath Clausewitz almost like I own know it's over already let's look forward to the next yes the seven day of the Sabbath any guess at the twenty four hour period that Sabbath one oh one seven two oh one Sith Lord let's go to the next level how can you use this data you've built to change me to be more like Jesus I think that we would see in our own lives of our families in our church the please powerful powerful rejuvenation of our spiritual vitality by the way I went through this in there as well for the last several weeks the sincere and if you notice the stories each want to a person was here because of another person every person is baptized in recent weeks did so in part this is that in totality but at least in part because of the personal witness to someone in their life might be a family member I befriend I be a coworker might be just a random stranger came at their door I would have had to I wasn't a communist thing I saw the thing in the mail but then somebody came in handy one okay most of our attendees at the recent set of meetings which violently had eighty seven different people here because of our meeting almost every one of those came because not only did they see the announcement that they had someone personally invite like the healing of the manifest of these witnessing activities could and should be done all through the week of methane will so we need to take that one seventh and really work at it you should witness all the time and this can think of and vitamin infused at a care but the Lord has given us a day to make his work our top priority what would it look like as a church family said Lord were to keep the Sabbath is close to flight Jesus as your Holy Spirit will you can make as much like him what would it look like I think we march out of here like an army with banners like we had a purpose like readmission like we had an indie game in mind and it wasn't just waiting till Jesus be working to hasten the coming of Philip 's kingdom is the Sabbath was not made primarily for sleep but for service him the impact of two little churches in West Michigan he was encountered remote by the Muskegon Fremont would begin keeping Sabbath like Christ it actively looking for those to whom it is good news will will and that was not abandoned homes and I'm sure everyone are as a rule of this media was brought by audio nurse or a website dedicated to spreading God 's word through free sermon audio and much more you would 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