The Battle For The Lord’s Day

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solomon rest, a holy convocation.  You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in your dwelling places.” Leviticus 23:3

Certainly every day belongs to the Lord.  We are commanded in I Corinthians 10:31, “Whatever you do, do all for the glory of the Lord.”  However there is one day since creation that has been set apart as a day of rest and worship.  We, in the church call it, “The Lord’s day.”

Through the ages, the church has always known what day they were to set aside and they have always know that this day is a day of worship.  For example, Justin Martyr wrote about worship in the early church, “Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead.”  Historical Theology, Pg 661, Gregg Allison

However in recent times the Lord’s day has come under attack in our society.  It seems that societies respect for this day is all but gone.  The question that came to my mind, is simply, “Why?”

When you study the book of Leviticus, you discover how Israel was able to remember God’s work in her life.  God prescribed 7 yearly feasts that were both reminders of God’s deliverance as well as pictures of the ultimate deliverance that would come through Jesus Christ.  As Israel celebrated these feasts they were called to remembrance.

In this I greatly feel there is a correlation to why we are losing the battle for the Lord’s day.  God’s people are being drawn away from this day of worship.  It seems that each event of our lives includes a Sunday event that precludes us from coming to church.  There was a day when society would not schedule events on Sunday because they knew the church would not attend.  However this is often no longer the case.

Think with me about what happens when we fail to lead our family in worship.  First, the gospel is not heard.  This very morning, I rejoiced in reading Hebrews 7:24, “He holds His Priesthood eternally, because He continues forever.”  

I wrote in my journal, “I am so blessed that Jesus is not only my Great High-Priest, He is also my wife’s and my children’s Great High Priest.”  Because of His eternal priesthood every generation has the opportunity of salvation.

Brothers and sisters, if we fail to honor the Lord’s day our family will fail to hear the gospel.  Second, the gospel is not heeded.  Our family’s cannot respond nor can they live by the gospel unless they are weekly being reminded of the gospel. Finally, the gospel is not proclaimed to the world.  If our family fails to consistently be in worship, there is no challenge to share the gospel with the world.

This day, I plead with you to once again place the Lord’s day where it belongs in your life.  For the sake of your family and for the sake of your fellow-man.  Hear the word of the Lord, “Do not neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

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