So I left off with the question, “To celebrate or not to celebrate?” I vote to celebrate! Why, you ask?…
The Sign of the Sabbath The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.‘Therefore you are to observe the Sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. ‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall surely be put to death. ‘So the sons of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to celebrate the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ “It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God. -Exodus 31:12-18
So what’s the significance? Sign and symbol are usually used interchangeably. In wedding vows the Preacher usually states, “this ring is a symbol…” It is stated that at the foot of Mount Sinai God married Israel, mind you these weren’t just Jews. There was a mixed multitude that came out of Egypt. Nevertheless, He married them and if we had to look at the symbols, this is how I see it.
- The Preparation: Exodus 19:10-15
- The Vows: Exodus 19:3-8, Exodus 20-23
- The Acceptance of the Vows: Exodus 19:7-8, Exodus 24:1-3
- The Ketubah: Exodus 31:18
- The Location: Exodus 19:16-20
- The Minister: Moses
- The Bride: Israel
- The Groom: God
- The Ring: The Sabbath
During the Sabbath you are to remember your week, lay your burdens at your Master’s feet and wash off limitations just as you do in your marriage. I’m in no way suggesting that you only speak to your significant other once a week, I’m sure you talk about what’s going on throughout the day just as we should with God but what it does suggest is that those conversations may not be in depth due to busyness. The Sabbath is intentional, it carves out time to go into detail about your week’s fails and/or triumphs, disappointments, etc. It’s a commitment to connect. It may help to think about it as date night. Date night for most couples is a time of refreshing or even reinstating your commitment to one another. This is where the “holiness” comes in. Holy means to set apart. It means that it’s special and that you set aside time to dedicate yourself to it.
Most rings are made of indestructible material which should mimic your indestructible relationship with God. Keeping the Sabbath ensures this, like any relationship, when a partner is going out of their way for another, the receiving partner is more receptive, especially when spending quality time together, the bond is tighter and is very unlikely that anyone or anything will come between them because they are on the same page. This is relevant because Jesus was betrayed for silver which means redemption in scripture. So if you really think about it, He was willing to be betrayed to have relationship with us. He protected His bride and paid the price we owed (due to our sin, remember the penalty of sin was and still is death) with His life. Unlike Adam who dimed us out, blaming his disobedience on the woman (that’s a whole other conversation). Again, the ring (Sabbath) is a reminder of that. When you keep the Sabbath, you remember the price that was paid for a relationship with YOU.
The week is also cyclical, although if you look at a calendar it looks like it just drops off but when you really think about it, year after year it seems like its never ending just like the shape of the ring,which mirrors your celebration of the Sabbath in Exodus when it says that it’s perpetual. Correct me if I’m wrong, but perpetual means forever, right? Right! (I’ll answer for you, I gotchu) It was so serious that if you violated it you were put to death just as you would if you violated your marriage with adultery, in Biblical times. It was serious. I know that marriage by in large these days doesn’t hold much value and typically is a very cute and expensive party to show everyone how wealthy you are and if at some point you don’t agree or if it doesn’t feel like a party anymore then, it’s grounds for divorce. God’s intention was never for marriages to end (at least for those who were suppose to be together) and He never intended for the Sabbath to end either. As you can see, it’s so much more than just going to church on Sundays.
There’s so many other points to make on this subject but my prayer is that this discussion made you think and cause you to consider implementation.
I love you guys,