June-July 2021 Newsletter Article
There were many mountain-top experiences for Moses. We recall the burning bush that was not on fire. God clearly spoke with this 80-year-old sheep herder sending him back to Egypt to be God’s instrument in saving His people. Many a mountain top experience, Moses found himself conversing with God. In Exodus 20, God gifts His people with the 10 Commandments. Moses is gifted with the task of taking these precious commands to the people. Verse 11 shares these words, “The LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy” (Exodus 20:11).
The Third Command, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8), directs us in our faith walk and relations with God. We are to set aside one day a week to spend with the Lord. This special day is a weekly moment with purpose. We are to purposefully engage in our relationship with God, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and with our family. God commands us to make this day special!
Before we take offense at this command, let us pause and read the words in verse 11, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy”. God’s command comes from God’s example. God spent six days working, creating, and building! Land, sea, and heaven are fashioned. Birds, fish, and animals are formed! And finally, humanity is made in the image of God! We are made in God’s image! God works and now sets the example for us. God takes a break. With intent and reason, God made one day a week holy. This special day is consecrated and is made to be sacred. Our Jewish friends celebrate this special day, the Sabbath, on Saturday! We, Christians, lift up Sunday as our Sabbath for it is the day death is no longer our road block in life. Sunday is the day of Christ’s resurrection! This most holy event happens on the first day of the week. So, Christians begin each new week with God! Hence, our Christian Sabbath, Sunday, is weekly celebration of God’s resurrection gift to us! We begin this resurrection celebration in worship.
The month of May found Laura and I traveling to spend time with our children. One weekend was spent meeting Elisabeth’s future in-laws and the next weekend was spent babysitting our granddaughter, Evie. Yes, we did enjoy both visits, renewing relations with our family and future family. A common thread on each of these weekends was God! Sunday morning was spent with the Lord! Singing hymns of praise, listening to scripture read, experiencing our Savior in Holy Communion, and receiving the Word preached connected us with God and continued in renewing our relations with Him.
Texas summers bring opportunities for us to head to the beach or the hill country! We vacation with our family and friends. We play hard only to return home with exhausted joy in need of rest. Please enjoy these moments, and take your break from work! Importantly, do not take a break from God and your relationship with Him! Gather with the Lord in worship whereever you may be! Worship our gracious God. Sing with joy that God is vacationing with you!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy” - Romans 15:13.