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I have just read Mike's weekly email and have not been keeping up with the daily blog on a regular basis. Anyway I wanted to comment on the Sabbath Day's rest.

I'm not sure why most Christians decided to make Sunday the traditional day of rest, other than the resurrection occurring on Sunday. My thought is that Saturday (the Sabbath) was the intended day of rest. Does this mean in a strict sense that we wouldn't even worship together on the day of rest? Was this the intention? So what about rest on Saturday, worship on Sunday? Please note I am just presenting this to get understanding and am not implying that I observe rigid legalistic rules regarding the Sabbath.

My grandfather I was told not only would not work on Sunday, he also would not buy anything so that others could observe a Sabbath rest. That was from the first half of the 1900's.

Myself I can remember growing up in the 70's and it was more common place for stores to be closed on Sundays, although the trend was changing. I worked at a grocery store which back then was closed on Sunday's. It was nice to have a guaranteed day off. But now we live in this 24/7 world (we should have seen it coming)where nothing stops for the almighty dollar and our culture of consumerism that worships at it's altar.

Regarding Mike's weekly email, should Mike accidentally send out an email or a posting on Sunday, no one should give him grief because they wouldn't know unless they read it on Sunday. : )

John

Two thoughts - First, I can sort of understand why people got so legalistic about the sabbath. After all, God said that if they did any kind of work, they should be killed. I think I'd be awfully careful not do ANYTHING that might be considered work.

Second, at the end of the Exodus passage, it says that God was refreshed after resting on the 7th day. We normally suspect that God simply rested as an example for us. Here it sounds like He actually needed the rest. Should we be surprised? Work and rest are such a part of our beings, and we are made in His image.

I have been reading some of the comments on this passage. As with anything you can make your observation so legalistic, that you loose the meaning. One of the commentators, observed that the observation of the Sabbath is not really mentioned in the New Covenant. Everything is under GRACE. I realy think that we have to CAREFUL GUARD against ritual and legalism. All we do, MUST be in worship. I don't mean any of this to critisize anyone. We just have to be careful and worshipful in all that we do, when we are setting down rules for ourselves or others.

Exodus: 30:11-31:18
Every question we have about something in the Bible we don’t understand or that doesn’t make sense to us has a solution, the Bible. In the Second Book of Samuel, chapter 24, and the First Book of Chronicles 21:17, there is mention of a Plague brought on by something King David did. I couldn’t understand why God would bring a plague against the entire population because of something David did, but now I know why because of this little statement by God in the 30th chapter, 11 And the LORD said to Moses, 12"Whenever you take a census of the people of Israel, each man who is counted must pay a ransom for himself to the LORD. Then there will be no plagues among the people as you count them.

In the 31st chapter we find out that what God has called you to do He has gifted you to do; and what God has gifted you to do He has called you to do. Bezalel and Oholiab were given great wisdom, intelligence and skill to work in gold silver and bronze. They would also have to be able to take the instructions Moses would soon give them, when he came down from the mountain, and bring it to pass. This takes being teachable and a submissive spirit on their part. To catch the vision Moses would soon give them meant that they would have to empty themselves of whatever vision they had within them.

Am I willing to empty myself of everything that is of me and pick up the vision God has given me to carry?

There has been discussion about the Sabbath and the Sabbath rest for several weeks now. But whether one takes a Sabbath rest is moot if we are not willing to carry the vision God has placed in our hearts. No matter if that vision is to lead or if, like Bezalel and Oholiab, be the support to a visionary that has been given a Bigger Picture.

Matthew 26:47-68

52 "Put away your sword," Jesus told him. "Those who use the sword will be killed by the sword. 53 Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?

Jesus allowed them to arrest Him because His purpose, the reason He had been made flesh, the reason He was walking on the earth was coming to it’s zenith. It was time for the Passover Festival, and the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world was to be offered up, once for all. Jesus also showed by His Words what it is to be meek. Not that meekness that we think means people use us to wipe their feet on. No, Jesus never let anyone stop Him from achieving His purpose, whether he was rebuking demons or the religious leaders, Jesus set His face toward what had been ordained before the foundation of the World (Revelations 13:8). What is interesting is the number of angels Jesus could have called on if He wanted to. It is recorded in 2 Kings 19:35, that one, yes just one, angel of the Lord took out 185,000 fighting men. True meekness is strength under submission or control. One has the power and ability to do, but chooses not to.

Also take note that under pressure and fear, the disciples fled and they followed Jesus, at least Peter did, while He was being tried, beaten and abused, from a far. Are we guilty of following Jesus from afar? Are we guilty of being Secret Agent Christians when the pressure comes?
Psalm 32:1-11
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
I was weak and miserable,
and I groaned all day long.

Have you ever noticed when someone gets “Saved,” having a true conversion experience, years just lift from their face and body. Time seems to roll back and they appear to have gained ten years. Have you ever looked at someone who is sinning and really enjoying it; hey know they are sinning and just don’t care? If you know their age and really look at their face it appears they are older then your grandmother? What you see is the weight of sin.

There is a freedom when we are released from the guilt and weight of sin. David really got this Psalm right as it relates to our behavior and sickness and dis-ease (disease)

5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the LORD."
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

What the Psalmist declares is true freedom; however, the only way to get to this place is through Jesus Christ.

6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.

I just noticed that in the six verse the Psalmist tells the “godly” to confess their rebellion, he is not talking about wicked people or unbelievers. WOW! We have this tendency to think that it is only the ungodly that are rebellious, but here the writer respectfully disagrees. Am I a godly terror throwing tantrums in the face of God, falling on the floor banging my feet and head?

Proverbs 8:27-32

Jesus, the Wisdom of God, was happy when God created you and me! Now that is something to SHOUT about especially during the times when we feel inadequate or insignificant.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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