In the Old Testament they observed Saturday as the “Sabbath.” That special day was given to Israel. Now, after the resurrection of Christ on the first day, we observe “the Lord's Day" which is Sunday. There’s an old saying,
“As goes the Sabbath, so goes the nation. When the Sabbath (the Lord’s Day) becomes profaned and desecrated, church attendance is ignored, the teaching of God’s Holy word and His morality and spiritual life is forgotten, and the nation as a whole sinks deeper and deeper into the mire of sin.”
Most of the world has dropped any pretense of honoring a special time with God. There is no time WITH GOD and no time FOR GOD. Our lives are so full, and yet so very empty. There is no room for Him in our thoughts, schedules, and definitely not woven into the fabric of our lives.
When it comes to the “Sabbath,” we need to think of every activity that could occupy our time and say, “I have an appointment on this day with the God of the universe. I need to rest my body and mind from work, and to worship Him in his house and at His table.”
The Lord ’s Day is marked out in the Bible as a day of worship. In Acts 20:7, the Lord's people met together in the early church, "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them…" Sunday is a landmark, for worship and preaching. When I was growing up, folks just took it for granted that:
Sunday school was a time to teach God’s word.
The morning service was a time for preaching.
The evening service again was a time for fellowship and preaching.
The Wednesday evening service was for preaching and praying.
The Lord’s Day is marked out in the Bible as a day of fellowship. Today, the Lord’s Day for many people, even Christians, is not a holy day but a holiday! It is a day when God is no longer honored. The Lord’s Day is an ancient landmark. In Hebrews 10:25 we read, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Years ago someone said this, “Let me see how the Christians of a nation observe Sunday and I'll tell you what kind of a nation that is and I'll tell you where that nation is headed."
The Lord’s Day is marked out in the Bible as a day God's people are to bring their tithes and their offerings to the Lord. In I Corinthians 16:2 we read, "Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." Paul said. "Upon the first day of the week. . ." You see, God has set it aside as a day to honor the Lord. A Christian who does not honor God in this way is removing an ancient landmark.
The landmark of the Lord’s Day will determine the destiny of your children. Someone said, "The church is the family's best friend and its’ confines should be the child's second home."
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the first message from Mark 5:24-34 “Reach Out and Touch Someone.”
In His Amazing Grace,
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