A Day of Worship
In our busy schedules, we do not
have much time to spend in quiet communion with God. So the Sabbath is a
perfect time for coming to God's presence along with all of God's people.
"There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of
rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live,
it is a Sabbath to the Lord" (Leviticus 23:3 NIV).
Our Lord himself set an example of
keeping the Sabbath day. "...and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was,
on the sabbath day"
(Luke ). The synagogue
was a place of assembly and worship. It was the Lord's custom to join the
assembly every Sabbath.
The Lord's disciples also attended
the Sabbath worship regularly. Paul was one of them. "As his custom was,
Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them
from the Scriptures" (Acts 17:2 NIV).
We may also have prayer gatherings
on this day. When Paul and the other missionaries arrived at a place where
there was no synagogue, they joined the prayer meetings. "And on the sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside,
where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the
women who had come together" (Acts 16:13). Prayer is a form of worship and
assembly that brings us closer to God spiritually. So Sabbath is a good time