Today’s Scripture Selection: Leviticus 23:3
“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD.”
Permit me to say something very “preacher-like.”
Much is said about the importance of keeping the Sabbath.
Even more is said about how it is to be a “day of rest.”
Still more is said, by some, about how this day of rest can be done in many ways – all fine by God:
- At home
- At the gym
- At the beach
- At the mountaintop get-a-way
And lots of other places you can easily name.
Funny thing is, not much is said about what God says, right after talking about a Sabbath of rest.
God says why it is a Sabbath day of rest. It is so there can be a special day set aside for one very special thing: sacred assembly.
There it is – the “gotcha” part.
There it is – the very preacher-like thing to say.
Sabbath is for sacred assembly. It is not for spending time alone or even with family. It is for worship – communal worship.
At least, that’s how I read that scripture.
I am all for family time, athletic events, meditation time, exercise time, shopping time, beach and time on the mountaintop, and all the rest.
It’s just that I am also very much in favor of “sacred assembly.”
It looks to me like, according to Leviticus, so is God.