And on the Seventh Day ??? Sabbath, Sunday?Posted: August 29, 2013
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
— Mark 2:27
This is a profound statement by Jesus, to the Religious Rulers, which we today would do well to give much thought. ~ Think about it!!! ~
~ What did Jesus mean by making this statement? ~
First I think we need to return to the Creation account in Genesis… There we find God bringing our physical world into existence. If this was a literal “six-day” creation is not the point of this article. The seventh day is our focus today.
Lets do return to the sixth day and review all that existed at that time, on that day. We have Light, separated from Darkness. We have waters above, separated from waters below by an entity called “sky”… We have waters under the sky being gathered into one place so dry ground appears and the calling of the waters “seas” and the calling of dry ground “land”… We have all the different vegetation called forth from the “land”, we have the “sky” bringing forth lights, the solar system for many purposes. We also have all the various forms of “sea” life and birds called forth from their respective environments, “water and air”… We have all forms of animal life, creatures that crawl on the ground, wild beast and maybe domesticated animals as well called forth from the “land” … And finally we have “man” (mankind?) called forth from the Image and Likeness of God Himself… whew, that is a lot of work, don’t you think?
Now I have said all of that to get to this: ” As the first chapter of Creation (genesis, beginnings) comes to a close what is missing?… The Seventh Day is missing in the created order of things, strange don’t you think?
In Genesis Chapter Two, verse One we read: “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” … Still no Seventh Day, no Sabbath mentioned in the “Completed” creation account !!! Is there an intentional reason for the division here? I think so, do you?
I do not intend to get into a long drawn-out theological discussion on this as I believe we have already ruled and reasoned away most of the “Mystery” in the Bible anyway. I do however think it fascinating how things which are not so apparent get overlooked so easily by most of us.. myself included. I am trying to correct this limitation in myself and thought maybe you would like to do the same…?
I am not going into a lot of details, nor am I going to try to prove a point… I just think we need to pause sometimes where the Bible has built-in a place to pause… and ponder. Pondering has become a “lost discipline” of the past, in this fast paced generation and culture we live in, and we have lost our ability to “think” ponder on things for ourselves. We have opted for instruction, teaching, education, formulas, methods, indoctrination and such. I am not saying any of these things are wrong in and of themselves, however when we become so accustomed to only these, that we no longer know how to think on our own, then we all will be led by the “few” who do think for themselves and do not confined themselves to doctrine, dogma, indoctrination and such… Ok, I went into a little more detail than I had planned, so forgive me please?
What I was trying to get to is, “the Seventh Day” was not part of the “Six Day” creation… it was a special day separated by a whole different chapter… There was intended to be a pause there to stop, reflect, ponder, dwell on, etc.; Intentionally placed there originally or not, the pause is there nonetheless… so what could it mean?
I am not going to tell you what it means… that would defeat the purpose of the “Seventh Day” that would defeat the purpose of the “Sabbath” that would defeat the purpose of the “Pause”… Of the “Day to Ponder”… It would defeat the purpose of this post and it would remove all the Mystery for you…
I will however let you in on something… it can be any day, but not at all like any other day. It is a special day that can happen any day of the week… it is not even really a day at all, as it could actually last for the rest of your life! … It is a Day, The Day of a brand New Chapter in your Life…
Now, have a Good Day and ~ Think about it!!! ~