By Tayo Fasuan (Bible Scholar)
The issue of the Sabbath is easily one of the most misunderstood issues in the Bible. As written in the first part of this topic, it has caused division, alienation and marginalisation among the Body of Christ, almost to the point of ridicule.
However, a closer look at the foundational practise of Sabbath keeping in the Bible would reveal many reasons why it was institutionalised by God Himself of which one is very paramount. I would also implore readers to make their own independent search of Biblical and Godly reasons of why the Sabbath should be practised.
The most obvious reason for Sabbath is rest. It was written in the Bible that God rested on the seventh day after the works of creation for six consecutive days. The most recognised day of rest however, is the first day of the week, Sunday.
Why I won’t go into the political details of how Sunday came to be the day of rest, it is very clear, even to a toddler, that Sunday is the first day of the week and that Saturday is the seventh. Hence the biblical injunction that we should rest on the seventh day should have obviously affected Saturday and not Sunday.
Even from a social point of view, Saturday is the most reasonable choice for a day of rest. For those of us who work from Monday to Friday, we all would agree that there is a form of relief that we feel in our mind and body as Saturday arrives.
Ironically, this peace of mind seemingly disappears psychologically with the arrival of Sunday as majority go to church and prepare rigorously for Monday. Without the day being Monday, it is clear that work has started already.
The Sabbath was created as a day for rebooting our systems, a day to reset our being psychologically, spiritually and physically. The wrong misconception that the Sabbath is a day to lazy around and do nothing, even cooking, had been laid to rest by Christ himself when his disciples were challenged on why they were looking for food on the Sabbath.
However, like a writer once said, it is a day to stop all creative activities just as the Lord did. I would further say that it is a day to stop all tasking activities that requires efforts which would leave us drained and tired as experienced during the weekdays.
It is obvious that the Lord of the Sabbath had us in mind when he sanctioned this day as a day of rest for everyone. The question is, are you ready to accept that?