Bible Reading Blog — January 21, 2016

21 Jan

Today’s Readings — Exodus 21-24 & Mark 4:21-25

There are all kinds of laws and regulations in Exodus 21-24 to govern the people of Israel in their relations with one another. While fairness and restitution seem to be at the heart of most of the commands there is also a principle of Sabbath here which is helpful for us to observe. God laid out His rules for His people in a way that reflects His created order. The pattern of six with rest is present throughout these laws.

When we get to the New Testament, we find Sabbath as an observance largely replaced. It is the only one of the Ten Commandments that is not repeated as a command in some form in the New Testament. Paul seems to leave its observance as a matter of Christian conscience (see Romans 14). At the end of the day though, I believe Sabbath can be an especially helpful practice for us as followers of Jesus. For Christians, we celebrate Sunday as a day of worship because of the resurrection of Christ falling on the first day of the week. We would do well to make this a day set apart, for the good of our souls and those we serve. There is something in the created order that calls out for times of refreshing and refocusing. This is a gift to be received with grateful hands of faith.

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