Just another day?
And then another five of them?
But the next one’s different. Special!
Makes a curious person want to know which day. And what’s so special about it—especially what God thinks is so special about it that He blessed it and sanctified it—set it apart.
Amazing that a day could be so life-changing since it rotates on in each week. There’s just the right amount of intervening days to make it come alive again!
Trainers, physicians and psychologists know that humans need a break to recharge. Imagine having divine direction to have a whole day off work each week and be sure to rest in body, mind and spirit. “Look, forget about it! I don’t care what you think is so important to get done. How does it even begin to compare with what I did in six days!”
With divine promise that if you call this day a delight and honorable—not trampling on it by “doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father” (Isaiah 58:13-14). What will that be like? You’ll see as you keep it.
This special day is “a perpetual covenant … a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever” (Exodus 31:13-17). In the Bible “perpetual” and “forever” continue as long as the conditions exist, and seven days keep coming weekly.
This special day identifies in two special ways: the Creator God Who sanctifies us and also who are His people. That should open the eyes of those of us who want to be considered His people!
“See! For the LORD has given you” this special day (Exodus 16:29). People talk about the LORD’s day, and this is it. The Son of Man of the New Testament was the LORD of the Old Testament Who gave it, and He made it a special gift for man (Mark 2:27-28). Each week wouldn’t we want to tear off the ribbons and brightly colored paper and open God’s gift!
“Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all my commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” (Deuteronomy 5:29). God could just say “Because I said so.”
Instead, He gives 24 hours each week of blessings and sanctification. Anyone who treats it special as God intends will likewise be blessed and sanctified.
Which day is so special? God says which in Genesis 2:3 and Deuteronomy 5:14. People have so many clever arguments and you should see for yourself. Please stop right now and read these two scriptures in your own Bible.
Do we gratefully accept God’s special day and delight in it? Do we see?
If you do, we rejoice at sunset tonight!
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