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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Genesis 2:3

"And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

The Hebrew word qadosh is used so many times in the Scriptures to describe something that is holy, that is set apart for God's purpose.  Do you know what the first thing is to ever be called holy by God? It occurs here in the verse above.  It's not a person or an object, it's time.

God who stands outside of time has set up time in such a way as to make it holy, in a cycle of work and rest.  However, nothing was left untouched by sin's reach, and soon this holy arrangement was broken.  Most people, when asked what they would do with an extra day of the week, said they'd use it to get ahead on work.  The pace of the work week is stressful and our bodies bear the brunt of it because we aren't designed that way. I don't need to tell you how bad stress is for your health.

But how do you use your time?  Do you carve out a day devoted to God? Can you set apart a day as holy for God?  We can be good at taking days of self-indulgence and just slapping the word "Sabbath" on it after the fact.  That's not what I'm talking about.  A day meant to be with God, set apart for Him for your own good.

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