Memorise Isaiah 58:13
“Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things”
HOW IS HOLINESS CONNECTED TO SABBATH-KEEPING?
Have you ever read Ezekiel? He is an Old Testament prophet who does not mince his words! Read this whole verse, and get the full impact of Ezekiel’s wrath: “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.” Imagine, the priests who have been entrusted with God’s word, have not taught it to the people, but instead have “violated” God’s law both by twisting God’s Word for their own purposes and by otherwise showing a terrible testimony, and “profaned” God’s holy things! (Profane is the opposite of holy) Perhaps the priests had taken the offerings and used them for their own purposes. These corrupted priests were thus being soundly rebuked by God for their blatant disregard for the law, and their flagrant malpractices that was abominable to the Lord. In profaning the Sabbath, the Lord told them that He was now being profaned among them!
Do you see similar things happening today? If we have been brought up and spend our whole lives in our church, we may not have seen anything like this. But the abuse of God’s Word and utter disrespect of God is so common in many churches. Some pastors over the pulpit preach their own ideas rather than God’s words, and members of these churches learned things which they think are Christian/biblical but are in fact a violation of God’s Word. There are some pastors who have profaned the holy things by using part of the Lord’s Day offering to purchase luxuries for themselves. There is a church in Singapore which recently started services on Saturdays, to cater to families who otherwise would not come for Sunday services, because their children have tuition on Sundays. Dear Teen, don’t you think this is an abuse of the Sabbath? What about you? Do you abuse the Sabbath yourself?
Thought: “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father” (Isaiah 58:13-14).
Prayer: Lord, teach me to be holy and honour Thy Sabbath.