Sacred Assembly

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.

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