How is Sabbath Celebrated?
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:8).
From this passage, it is clear that we should not perform work on the Sabbath. This includes housework, regular jobs, and labors outside of our occupations. God gave these guidelines because He wanted us to rest physically and spend uninterrupted time with Him and loved ones.
The Scribes and Pharisees tried to legislate what could and could not be done on the Sabbath. They were afraid that the people would profane God’s Sabbath. They began to create laws out of fear rather than love for God. The Sabbath, in this way, became a great burden for the people. The Sabbath was given to us by God in love. In 1 John 5:3, we are told: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” God’s eternal law was established to be a blessing, especially the Sabbath.
Aside from corporate worship, in what activities might Seventh-day Adventists participate on the Sabbath? It is quite common for Adventist families to share supper with others (most preparation of food has been done before sunset on Friday). Many enjoy short hiking trips, which is time to be with God and enjoy His creation. Singing of spiritual hymns and group prayer time are part of the Sabbath experience. The Sabbath is set aside to commune with God and rest. Our actions on that day should be guided by the purpose to spend time with God and deepen the bond we have with Him. God gives His Spirit to “guide us into all truth” (John 16:13). If you are diligently seeking to know God better, He will reveal how He wants you to celebrate that special day with Him.
By: Jennifer Berubee-Burkes
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