For many years now Sunday has been a day of business in New York State following the striking down of the “blue laws” and many have taken advantage of the ability to shop, dine, be entertained, even to do banking in some locations in recent years. Within the past month two ads have promoted the fact that an automobile dealership and a tire and exhaust repair shop chain are now open on Sundays. The same is becoming more true for traditional holidays that have lost their original meaning, to be replaced with the next big retail sale. There are some essential services that are scheduled 24/7 like fire, police and ambulance squads, hospitals, broadcast stations and refueling centers, but with more and more movement toward a society that never rests, it neglects the day of rest prescribed by God the Father.
It is written in Genesis 2:3: “And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it he rested from all His work which God created to make.” In Exodus 20:8-10 as God is writing the ten commandments he wrote: “Remember the sabbath (rest) day and keep it holy...for the seventh day is the sabbath of Jehovah your God. You shall not do any work, nor your children, nor your servants.” Yeshua himself glorified work when he lived as a man here on earth by working in his learned trade as a carpenter, yet he also remembered and kept holy the sabbath. Therefore, in the first two books of the bible we see the commandment given by God the Father to set apart a day of rest. In Jewish society the shabot begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Our custom has traditionally made Sunday the seventh day.
It is not good for man to be idle, but it is also not good for man to work constantly and expect others who may be subordinate to do the same. The root cause of this trend may be the breaking of yet another commandment...the first one. It is written in Exodus 20:3-5: “You shall have no other gods before me...you shall not bow down to them, nor serve them.” We are replacing the God who created us and all of the bounty we enjoy with the lesser idols of money and gain. At what cost? Employment polls show worker satisfaction in a downward spiral, yet employers like the large car dealer and the tire and muffler shop demanding more of fewer employees.
Perhaps we can be the judges of whether this trend continues or retreats based on our consumer habits. Do we really need to head out to buy something on Sunday? Let us remember God's commandment to set apart and keep holy the day of rest.