Is keeping the Sabbath MORE than attending services?
I then told him that Sabbath keeping is more than a day to attend worship services. The fourth Commandment stated not only to "Remember the Sabbath,” but to also "Keep it holy." That it is a twenty-four hour period of time that the Lord made for man to leave his secular works because man NEEDS this rest. I explained that the Sabbath is a divinely appointed time, sanctified and set apart by God for the holy use of assembly, fellowship, prayer, study and various acts of doing good to others. Then I told him how grateful I was that my Heavenly Father loves me so much that He has given me a weekly appointment to meet with Him.
And I told him how grateful I was that my Heavenly Father loves me so much that He has given me a weekly appointment to meet with Him.
Did God create a SPECIAL day for man?
I then said,
"Brother, God is always available for His children, but is not it a meaningful thing that He made one whole 24 hour day HOLY and SANCTIFIED just for He and us? God promises to be there when the saints assemble. On the Sabbath, you do not have to invite Him, for His presence is already there and inviting you to join Him. "
I additionally said,
"Brother, I believe the sad truth is MOST CHRISTIANS DON'T WANT TO SPEND AN ENTIRE DAY DEVOTED TO SPIRITUAL THINGS. That is too long for them. After attending morning services, they feel their obligation to God fulfilled, so they are free to do the secular things that their hearts were already set on.
"That is why so many will not accept Sabbath observance. They do not see the value of having time for the spiritual things of God because their hearts and minds are on the natural things of this world. They see Sabbath observance as a curse and a burden rather than a blessing and a delight."
I reminded this dear brother that Sabbath observance was not a "Jewish" thing, but given to man at the end of creation week. Man went astray from God and this blessing, but when the Lord revealed Himself to the children of Israel, bringing them out of bondage in Egypt, He gave them this gift again, and did so even before the command to keep God thundered from Mt. Sinai.
I reminded him of Jesus' Olivet prophecy (Matthew 24) where the Lord is instructing end-time Christians to pray that their time of escape from the Anti-Christ would not fall on the Sabbath day. I then asked,
"If the Sabbath was now like any other day, then why would Jesus counsel us to pray that our time of flight not be on the Sabbath?"
Jesus was making a clear difference between the Sabbath day and the other days of the week, and a follower of Christ must ask - WHY?
Will God soon make ALL humans keep the Sabbath on Saturday?
Robert came to visit me once more while I was in Nakuru, Kenya. His home and church was perhaps 150 miles or so away, and he had to take public transportation on rough roads to come.
During his second visit, he wanted to look closer at what the Scriptures said about Sabbath keeping. We carefully went through many Bible passages but the last one made the greatest impression on Robert.
It was Isaiah chapter 66 which says:
"'For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,' says the Lord, 'So shall your descendants and your name remain.'
"'And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one SABBATH to another, ALL FLESH shall come to worship before Me,' says the Lord." (Isaiah 66:22-23, NKJV throughout)
As a Bible student, Robert knew that this chapter of Isaiah was primarily about the Lord's return in glory and the things that will take place thereafter. The words that said, "from one SABBATH to another, ALL FLESH shall come to worship before Me" seemed to jump off the page to him. He began to realize that not only had the Lord preserved the Sabbath day until now, but also will give it back to "all flesh" (all humans) who are alive at the Lord's return.
After our Sabbath study, we talked about many things, which as Christians we held so dear. I did not seek to force the fourth commandment upon Robert. I viewed him as a dear brother in the Lord whether he came to the same understanding on this subject or not. I just knew how much a blessing the weekly Sabbath had been to my family for almost 30 years, and I wanted him to experience the same joy of entering into the weekly rest of the Lord.
Should people REPENT of worship on Sunday?
Some period later, I received word from Pastor Joseph Kimani that Pastor Robert had told his congregation that he would observe the Sabbath day. After explaining this doctrine to the church over a few weeks, the Disciples of Christ began to hold services on the Sabbath and the congregation began to experience the joy of having a full twenty-four hour period devoted fully to the spiritual things of the Lord.
After holding 34 crusades in 34 days my daughters and I returned home to America. Soon I received a letter from Robert saying how much a blessing they have found Sabbath observance to be. He also told me that he had visited a church in Uganda and shared the Sabbath blessing with them. After much study and testimony, this congregation also eagerly embraced this gift and entered into the Lord's weekly rest. These brethren in Uganda, like Robert and like me, discovered the value of truly KEEPING a full day holy. This is one of God's gifts to you, if you will only receive it with gladness.