How Great Thou Art
“6 The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. 7 He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.” (Psalm 33:6-7 New Living Translation)
As I am looking outside, over my computer and numerous Bibles, through the front window of my house, I am experiencing the end of the Day of Preparation (John 19:14, 31). The sky is a beautiful hazy gray, the grass and trees have a rich color of green. Our God really did a good job in His creation! In a little while, the sun will be setting and the Lord’s Sabbath will begin (John 19:31). Each Friday is special to me. I look forward to the sequence of events that takes place as I wake up early on Fridays while the sky is still dark. As the darkness turns to dawn, I say to myself, “God! You did it again!” Only You could have turned the night-time darkness into the dawn of the morning. As the dawn turns to daylight, my mind reminds me of the greatness of God’s creative genius. As daylight begins to turn to dusk, an ease comes across my mind. When sunset comes, and the Lord’s Sabbath arrives, and darkness will soon arrive, I think, “my Savior God to Thee, How great thou art!” I would like to share a few passages of scripture with you that tell of the Sabbath. I trust that you will be greatly blessed by the way that God describes His Sabbath.
Genesis 1 King James Version
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
5 And the evening and the morning were the first day.
8 And the evening and the morning were the second day.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2 King James Version
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Exodus 16:22-30 King James Version
22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
23 And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake today, and see the that ye will see the; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
25 And Moses said, Eat that today; for today is a sabbath unto the Lord: to-day ye shall not find it in the field.
26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
28 And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
29 See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
Exodus 20:8-11 King James Version
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 31:12-13 King James Version
12 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you
Exodus 31:17 King James Version
17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
John 5:46-47 King James Version
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Hebrews 3:16-4:11 King James Version
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
My comment. How do we enter into God’s rest? Consider Hebrews 3:18, 19 and 4:9-11. The Sabbath day is the seventh day. We can’t draw a boundary around the seventh day, hire an excavator and dig up “the Sabbath day,” and move it to a more desirable “hole in the ground,” on another day of the week, and call that place “our Sabbath.” The Sabbath day is the Lord’s Sabbath; we have no control over it. We may decide to rest on another day of the week, but the Lord’s Sabbath will always be the seventh day. But, don’t forget the words in Hebrews! I trust that you will have a blessed Sabbath day, which our Lord God carefully crafted and gave to His people. He gave it to His people, the Jews, who were the descendants of Shem. The Sabbath day was not a special day between God and the descendants of Ham and Japheth, who were Gentiles. The whole world is able to be special giftees of the Sabbath, through the blessing of the Jews, who is “Jesus!” Let us consider worship, and what is true worship.
John 4:19-24 King James Version
A conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
My comment. We may ask a simple, yet powerful, question. How do we worship God in Spirit and in truth. Consider a thought that came to me from a conversation that I had with a very special “Sister In Christ,” who many of us lovingly know as ” Dorrine .” Through Dorrine’s words, I came to understand that the answer to the question of “how to worship God in spirit and in truth,” is “all of us for all of Him.” Thank you Dorrine . Your words continue to go around the world through my frequent references to them in my blog posts. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you, Dorrine .