November 4, 2015

Nehemiah 13_17

Nehemiah 13:4-22

Walmart is open on Saturdays and Sundays. We think nothing of going to the store on either day. We have become a Sabbath-less people. One of the things I appreciate about being Christian is that most believers worship on Sunday, leaving Saturday to be a Sabbath. We call Sunday the Lord’s Day; the day when Jesus was raised from the dead. Yet, many people do not get to enjoy a Sabbath’s rest or the Lord’s Day. They have to work, because managers and bosses make people work. Corporations often ignore God and his commands for the sake of profit. Jesus honored the Sabbath. As was his custom, he always attended services on the Sabbath and taught the people.

Nehemiah chastised the people and the nobles of Jerusalem for profaning the Sabbath. He knew that ignoring God’s commands was what caused them to be exiled to Babylon. And he was incensed that they would dare to bring God’s wrath against them again, maybe with worse consequences. We too must find a Sabbath to honor and worship God; not to see what we can get out of it, but to bring our unique contributions to God’s house. Enter God’s courts with praise.

Prayer: Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath, help all people honor you with worship and praise, making the Lord’s Day holy. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.

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