Two purposes for the Sabbath

Leviticus Bible Background

02.16.2017 – Old Testament: Lev 23.3

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 22–23 on February 16, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord wanted the children of Israel to work six days a week, but on the seventh (equivalent to our Saturday), He wanted them to cease working and to do two things:

“Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings (Leviticus 23.3). 

He wanted them to cease working that they might:

  1. Rest
  2. Have a holy convocation

They needed to get their bodies and their minds off their work and focus upon the spiritual things of God. Of course, they could have and should have thought on the things of the Lord everyday of the week, but He wanted them to cease working and come together for spiritual reasons on at least one day every week.

Questions:

  • What benefits do you derive from assembling with the church every Sunday?
  • Do you ever let your body and your mind rest?

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