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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Requirements of the Sabbath

    Today’s Reading:
  • Mark 2:14 - 3:6
  • Psalm 36:1 - 12
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Mark 2:14 - 3:6
Jesus once again healed on the Sabbath, which sent those plotting to kill him in an uproar.  Verse 2:27, a verse spoken by Jesus, particularly caught my attention:
"The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath."
 This really spoke to me because I have been pondering the rules of the Sabbath, and what I should and should not do on the day of the week that I celebrate the Sabbath on.  While I do know that I shouldn't do "ordinary" work, I can also now see that the Sabbath is a day for us.  It is a day for us to relax, to honor and reflect upon the Lord, to nourish our souls and our bodies.  It's not some complicated day where I must be careful of everything I do and do not do.  I think I just need to make sure that me and my family are honoring the Lord, and that I am resting and rejuvenating my soul and my body, and that I am nourishing my family and any others who need help as best I can. 

Psalm 36:1 - 12
This Psalm of David talks of how wicked people have no fear of God.  They are conceited and cannot see how wicked they are.  Some even lie awake at night hatching sinful plots.  But the Lord loves those who are faithful and who honor, serve and fear him.  I will end this post with my favorite quote from this Psalm -- Verse 36:9 :
For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.
Truly, I am seeing life out of new eyes with each passing day of study.

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