The Seventh Day

Genesis 2:1-3

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Dear children, we learned that God created everything in six days. God then rested from all His works of creation on the seventh day (v. 2), which He blessed and sanctified (v. 3). This day of rest is called the Sabbath day in the Bible. It is an important day for the people of God. They are to remember it, and keep it holy (cf. Exodus 20:8). It is a commandment of the LORD. Let us learn more about the Sabbath day, and how to keep it holy.

According to the Jewish tradition, the Sabbath day begins at sunset on Friday, and ends at sunset on Saturday. During the Sabbath days, the Jews are to remember God’s sanctified rest after His completion of the creation works of the heavens and the earth, and also how the LORD had delivered them from slavery in Egypt.

However, the Jews became so strict in their observation of the Sabbath day concerning rest that no work was to be done, not even an act of goodness to the needy. So, when Jesus was on earth, there were many occasions where He did miraculous things on Sabbath days to help the needy in order to teach the Jews about its true observance. For example, He cured an impotent man who had an infirmity for 38 years. This caused the Jews to be very unhappy with Him. They wanted to slay Him for healing a man who was enslaved by a sickness for such a long time (cf. John 5:1-16). Oh, how misguided men could become!

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. The true keeping of the Sabbath day is to remember God’s goodness, and help those in need. “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27).

My young readers, the Sabbath day is not about not doing any work, but rather doing good to those in need. More importantly, it is for the worship of God. Let us remember to give thanks to the Lord Jesus who had saved us from our sins, and to be good to others on this blessed day because the Lord is good to us.

Kelvin Lim