Yesterday I wrote about my revelation about resting. My friend Lori at Kuriosity by K asked if I had any suggestions as to how to keep the Lord’s Day as the Lord’s Day. This provoked me to seek out some answers. As I was searching Scripture for insight, I came across many commentaries that seemed to address the issue of working on the Sabbath.Instead of posting the full commentaries here from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Bible you can read The Commandments of the First Table , He Justifies His Disciples for Plucking Corn on the Sabbath , Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the sabbath ,The disciples pluck corn on the Sabbath ,Jesus defends his disciples for plucking corn on the Sabbath day,The infirm woman strengthened and so many others, if you wish.
My understanding of these is this.
For six days we are to tend to our worldly business and desires but one day is for the sole purpose of honor to Him. On those days we should refrain from the tasks that take away from our enjoyment of God’s mercy. It includes those things that make that day a burden of activity not essential to the health and well being of those we look after and ourselves. Heavy-duty chores and those tasks that cause us stress and frustration should be saved for the other 6 days, but those things necessary to maintain order and peace within the household are permissible.Anything that allows us to receive His blessings is in agreement with keeping this day hallowed. Things that permit us to bring Him His due honor and glory are acceptable. It is my belief that besides strengthening our faith and understanding of His Word, we need to use this day to strengthen our relationships with others. Spending time in fellowship with friends and family can bring us closer to Him and His design for our life. Having learned this, I have purposed in my heart to take one day a week for the sole purpose of resting in Him, spending time to strengthen my relationships, taking some ‘do nothing’ time to appreciate all of His creations, and focusing on getting closer to Him. I’m not saying that I will not be doing those things that are necessary for the smooth running of my household, like cooking and picking up, but the bill paying and heavy duty chores will have to wait for the other 6 days.