Biblical References on Observing the Sabbath
As Christian homeschool families, we understand the importance of instilling Biblical values in our children. One of these values is the observance of the Sabbath. Throughout the Bible, there are numerous references to keeping one day in seven holy to the Lord, and each one holds valuable lessons for us and our children. Let’s explore a few Biblical references on observing the Sabbath and what they teach us, so that we may deepen our understanding of God’s plan for our lives and our families.
The Sabbath is a day of rest
The Sabbath was set apart by God in the Book of Genesis. In Genesis 2:2-3, we read, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” This passage teaches us that the Sabbath is a day of rest, and that it is set apart by God as holy. This means that we should treat the Sabbath as a special day, different from the rest of the week. We should use this day to rest from our regular work, and to focus on worshiping God and spending time with our families.
The Sabbath is a day of worship
In the Book of Exodus, we read about the Sabbath laws that God gave to the Israelites. These laws were intended to help the people remember the importance of rest and worship. In Exodus 20:8-11, God says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” This passage teaches us that the Sabbath is not just a day of rest, but also a day of worship. It is a day when we set aside our work and our daily concerns, and focus on our relationship with God. This is why it is so important for us as families to observe the Lord’s Day. It is a way for us to deepen our faith, to teach our children about the importance of rest and worship, and to set aside time for our families to come together and grow closer to God.
Remembering the Resurrection of Jesus
In addition to the Sabbath, there are references in the Bible to Sunday as the Lord’s Day. In the book of Revelation, John writes, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet” (Revelation 1:10). Christians believe that this passage refers to Sunday, because it was on the first day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead. This is why Christians worship the Lord on Sunday, in honor of the resurrection of Christ.
These Biblical references to keeping one day in seven holy to the Lord remind us of the importance of prioritizing our relationship with God and our families. By setting aside time for rest, worship, and family time, we can deepen our faith and strengthen our bonds with one another. Let’s strive to honor the Lord on this day and teach our children the valuable lessons surrounding it, so that we may grow closer in our relationship with God and each other.
All for our King’s glory,