SOCIAL BLESSINGS IN THE SABBATH
The Sabbath is a very special day. At the end of Creation week God saw all that He had made and He saw that it was very good. It could not be improved upon. By taking as long as six days to create the world and all that is in it and by giving a day of rest at the end of the week, God set the pattern for the human race—six days of work and one day for rest, the seventh day, at the conclusion of the week.
It is interesting to note the different aspects of blessing that the day brings when it is observed with all the heart.
So many people today because of the complexity of human relationships do not have roots or a family background and therefore do not feel that they truly belong anywhere or to anybody. Maybe they are far from their home and what is familiar to them. The Sabbath shows us our Father in heaven. He made the whole world and so it all belongs to Him. Our ancestral roots are in God, we are special, handmade by God. The Sabbath shows us every week that we have value and love. God loves those He has made. The first human beings were moulded by the hands of God and placed on the earth. We are valuable to Him.
Everywhere there is rush and pressure. To keep the Sabbath means to have peace, to be able to slow down and take things at a more gentle pace for a full 24 hours by permission of our Maker. God says Come unto me and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
The Sabbath gives a rest from competition and ambition. On the Sabbath all are equal, those on benefit and those who are wealthy. The Sabbath brings all to one level before God and all are valued the same. The opportunities for blessing are for all.
Insecurity is removed on the Sabbath. There is a sense of identity and purpose and belonging. It is so good to feel secure and loved. As we come before God on the Sabbath He reminds us that we belong to Him, and that He cares for us; and that He will help us by providing a safe haven where we can grow and find our feet and our confidence.
The Sabbath reveals more clearly that anything else that we