Above All

Exodus 31:12-13
God spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites, ‘Above all, keep my Sabbaths, the sign between me and you, generation after generation, to keep the knowledge alive that I am the God who makes you holy.

This is something I break about every week. To keep the Sabbath is one of the 10 commandments but it’s something I fall short of all the time.

To keep the Sabbath in the Hebrew tradition, meant to not work on the designated day and to use it for rest. Those who didn’t keep it were excommunicated from the nation of Israel.

I bet I would be excommunicated. I wonder if God looks at America in our justified lifestyles and wishes we wouldn’t work the extra hours to pay for the 2 car garage and the shiny pieces of sheet metal that reside in them, and use the time to rest and reflect.

Rest from the toil of making a living and providing. Then reflect on who God is and what Jesus, His Son, has done for us.

As I read this verse at 12:30am this morning, I must say, I’m convicted. Keeping the Sabbath is directly tied to Holiness. And the New Testament author says that without holiness, no one will see the Lord.

Maybe it’s time for a change of schedule.