Sunday School Perspective
Taking Time To Rest And Renew
The study of the lesson is in the book of Exodus Chapter 31: Verses 12-18 and it offers study about the Sabbath observance and its true meaning.
Key Verse: “Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you.” Exodus 31:13b-14a, KJV: This scripture reveals that observance of the Sabbath is one of the ways Israel was to be sanctified or set apart from the other nations.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 is “Taking Time to Rest and Renew” and this lesson reveals that believers must strengthen commitment of Worship and honor our Lord and Savior in special ways.
The objective for students and readers is to understand and thank God for the gift of rest and spiritual renewal.
Sabbath Command and Purpose (Exodus 31:12-15)
The lesson unfolds emphasizing one of the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath. God speaks to Moses urging him to speak to the children of Israel so that they will honor and keep this covenant. He desired that they become aware that this particular day of the week was designed as a reminder of their relationship with God. Yes, it was intended that this tradition would be in place throughout generations to come and that six days of the week should be used for work. The Sabbath Day was a holy time of commitment to God first and a time for rest and renewal of the mind and body. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.” (Verses 12-15)
Sabbath Guidelines (Exodus 31:16-18)
These verses reveal that in the New Testament believers are not bound by the Mosaic regulations of the Sabbath Day. It is significant that Jesus Christ was resurrected on the first day of the week, therefore, we reserve Sunday as the Lord’s Day. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” (Verse 16-18)
PRAISE THE LORD.