A revelation about the Sabbath day is tucked in chapter 20 of Ezekiel. Whereas my impression of God’s purpose for the Sabbath day has been for designating a day of rest (because the Lord knows we need rest from our work), there is a different reason:
“12 And I gave them my Sabbath days of rest as a sign between them and me. It was to remind them that I am the Lord, who had set them apart to be holy.”
So celebrating the Sabbath day sets us apart to be holy. Being set apart means that we don’t look like the rest of the world….but is that what we do? Do we look like we are separate from the world on Sundays? Or do we look like everyone else?
Or…on the flip side…some say that this command is part of the old covenant and that Jesus himself broke the Sabbath by healing and feeding others, which ushers in a new covenant that does not require a strict adherence to the Sabbath. He is Lord of the Sabbath! Others might point out that we Christians who are not Jewish are not bound by the Sabbath requirement.
I bring these issues up because they are sticky and prickly. I am not judging anyone except my own conduct. Honestly, I haven’t even figured out yet what it means to follow the Sabbath as a Christian in today’s world. But it is a commandment…one of the Big 10…and I think it deserves contemplation.