109 | Sabbath — Chuck Knows Church
Middle English variant of “Sabat”….”Sabat”? Huh. Old English. Latin.. sabbatum, sabbatum. Hebrew…. Shabbat. OK… you caught
me, didn’t ya? I thought we talk about saying “action”, so if I know when the camera is rolling? [Director off-screen]: Action! Good….. timing. Great work. And you! You didn’t think I use a dictionary for all those complicated words I help you with? I was one of those kids who is like, “Mom what does supercilious mean?” She’d say, “Look it up”. And I would, but I digress. Ah, so I was looking up Sabbath in the
dictionary because I’m a little bit confused. In the dictionary, defines the Sabbath as the seventh day of the week Saturday, the day of rest and religious
observance among Jews and Christians. Right. In the 20th chapter of
Exodus we are reminded, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. For six
days you shall labor and do all your work but the seventh day is a Sabbath to
the Lord your God. You shall not do any work.” Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath
day and consecrated it. Ok. Got it! Nailed it. But then there’s a
second definition listed right here and it says, “Sabbath, the first day of the
week! Sunday, similarly observed by most Christians in the commemoration of the
Resurrection of Christ. Saturday is the Old Testament Sabbath”. Alright that’s a little bit confusing. But then there’s a third definition!!!! “Any special day of prayer or
rest resembling the Sabbath”. (Slams book shut). That, my friends, is why we are talking about the Sabbath on this episode of Chuck Knows Church. ♫ Chuck Knows Church theme music ♫ After God did a bang-up job creating
heaven and earth in six days – very impressive by the way – the Bible
states in Genesis, “On the seventh day God rested from all the work that he had
done in creation. The noun form of the verb “to rest” is Shabbat, the Hebrew name for the Sabbath day. Shabbat. Therefore we observe the Sabbath as a day of rest among Jews and Christians alike with its roots firmly planted in creation itself.
And in the Ten Commandments it’s very explicit about keeping the sabbath. In Christianity the idea of using the Sabbath for remembering the Resurrection
of Jesus which was on a Sunday led to designating the first day of the week as
the Sabbath day of rest. But we also need to remember this – Jesus did not preach blind allegiance to observing the Sabbath, so Jews according to the Old
Testament observe the seventh day – Saturday and most Christians tend to
recognize Sunday, the first day of the week as the Sabbath. Hey… Do you think that has anything to do with what we go to church on Sunday? Hmm?? Sounds to me like another episode of Chuck Knows Church because we are all out of time on this one.
So, there you go. Plus, I still think that supercilious just means to act super silly. Maybe I should start my own dictionary, huh?
Chucker’s dictionary! Hhhhmm? Has a ring to it! If you’d like to know more about the Sabbath be sure to ask your pastor. Tell them Chuck sent you.