Man's First Encounter With Grace
“You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.”
Deuteronomy 5:15 ESV
Before we fell into sin Sabbath was a beautiful reminder of our reason for existence, fellowship with God. God communicated to Adam and Eve through that day of rest that he was a God of grace, a God who bestows gifts not based on the merit of his subjects but out of his great love for them. After man fell into sin Sabbath became an even more meaningful symbol.
Only after humanity's rebellion was God's nature most clearly displayed. God not only loved man enough to create him and bless him with a beautiful world and the fellowship of his presence, God's love compelled him to fight for us after we rebelled against him. God wanted Israel to keep this reality before them and so he infused Sabbath with further significance. He commanded them to not only celebrate their father's love as creator, but as redeemer besides. Little did the Hebrews understand just what a price our redemption would exact from The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Sabbath is a memorial of just how precious we are to God. It stands as a revelation of unmerited favor, and of the lengths our Father is willing to go to bring us home. A weekly celebration of these realities binds the heart and life to a God who is in every way worthy of our worship. Sabbath has always been and will always be a memorial to the worthiness of our God to receive honor, and glory, and praise.
Still Seeking His Face,