If any man is a Christian, he breaks with all Christian tradition when he abandons the command to “rest” from his work on the Christian Sabbath, also called “the Lord’s Day”. The Westminster Confession, published in the 17th century, speaks eloquently on the subject (emphases mine):
“The Sabbath is to be kept holy unto the Lord when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest all the day from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.”
Note that Sunday is not a day for idleness, but a day when our personal business is set aside for the care of our souls, and of those around us. It is not a day for self-indulgence at others’ expense (e.g., dining out and making others work for our leisure), or for rest and leisure as ends in themselves. It is a day for religion, a taste of heaven on earth that God commands us to cultivate and enjoy.
This teaching does not come from men, but from God who says so through the prophet Isaiah:
“If thou…call the sabbath a delight, the holy day 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: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
This is challenging teaching because it is not popular today, but there’s no questioning that this is the teaching of God’s Word and should be desired by us.
Michael Family Farm will always be closed on Sunday.
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