God’s command to observe the Sabbath day had a purpose.
It was an earthly rest symbolizing a heavenly rest. Not just the heavenly rest of God on the seventh day, but of the saints who rest in Christ from their works. (Heb 4:10)
Let’s just take a moment to enjoy God’s command. This is the second one given right after blessing mankind to be fruitful and multiply. He tells us to rest. He also intended this rest for the land from being harvested and from servitude for indebted Israelites (Ex 22:11) though these commands were not obeyed.
Ex 35:2 talks about it this way, “it is a day of sabbath rest to the Lord.”
This rest is a holy rest. A purposeful rest. One that is an act of worship to God. On it, Israel read the scriptures in the synagogue. As Christians we have made Sunday our day of rest and have our church services and worship God together on it.
So what of my dilemma of doing dishes on Sunday?
There are a few verses that helped me here.
Paul says in Romans 14:5
One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.
This means, again, it is up to what God puts on your heart personally to do. But both are accepted by God. Obviously it doesn’t mean that some never work any day. It means that, for some, everything is an act of holy worship to God and there was no need to have a special day.
If this is not yet the case for you, as it is not yet for me either, and you are not daily resting in Christ, do not feel you must consign yourself to one day of rest or just give up. God knows where you are. He has patience for the journey to holiness, it is Christ who perfects your faith after all. And even those who rest in Him sometimes see one day as still holier. This is also right if it is what God has put in your heart. If it is done in obedience and faith and not out of guilt or tradition. Every command is a blessing and is mean to bring us into deeper fellowship with the Father.
❤ Kara J