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Does the Day Matter?

Posted on April 16, 2018
Does the Day Matter?
If you take a walk through a Christian bookstore or scan religious blogs, you will find an increasing interest in Sabbath-keeping. Many Christians are beginning to feel that honoring Sabbath time is still important for God’s people today. They realize that taking regular time to spend with God and family is vital to surviving in our 24/7 world.

But current thought in the religious world invites people to take a Sabbath when it fits in their schedule—on a Tuesday or twice a month, for example. To them, it is the idea of “Sabbath” that matters; the specific day doesn’t.

God’s Word presents a different picture. Specific in His law do matter. In the garden of Eden, a simple choice of obedience—a single tree to avoid—was planted in an orchard of fruit-bearing trees. Taking from that one forbidden tree certainly mattered.

God’s laws are simple, straightforward, and reasonable, but they are His laws, not up for our own interpretation. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). He also said, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10).

Jesus always referred back to the Scriptures as the foundation for His life (John 5:39). He demonstrated how God intended for us to live in accordance with His Law. Christ identified the Sabbath as His own when He said, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5). As our example, He worshiped on the Sabbath each week and pointed to its continuity until the end of time in a reference to the Second Coming (Matthew 24:20).

In Revelation, God’s last-day people are identified as those who keep His commandments (Revelation 12:17). While the world around us makes the specific day a non-issue, God’s Word tells us otherwise: the seventh day. Perhaps to our first parents, it was just another fruit tree. But if it wasn’t important, why did Jesus come to die? Maybe the specific day really does matter as well.

You may have friends or family who are still considering the question of why a specific day is important to God. Click here for a free resource you can share that points back to what the Bible says about the seventh-day Sabbath.

Written by Rosemary McKenzie
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