March 10, 2021
So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:3 ESV
The above verse raises a question for me. How do we understand the word “holy” in relation to the Sabbath? The Hebrew (Old Testament) understanding of “holy” refers to that which is separated from the world for God, that which is sacred. So the Sabbath is intended to be separated from the way we normally conduct life the other six days of the week. The religious leaders obviously took the command to a legalistic extreme. So Jesus refocused the idea on himself: be separated from the world to me—and not just for one day of the week. Still, as modeled by our Father of Creation, it is important to set aside a span of time in our week to rest and refocus on the Lord of the Sabbath.
Father God, help us to live holy lives separated to your Son, and help us to find a Sabbath rest in him. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling