A DOSE OF FAITH
RICHARD G. MENDOZA, MPH, PHD
Pr. Richard Mendoza works at the Central Luzon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. An educator and promoter of health, he complements his advocacies with spiritual and values-oriented insights.
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There are commands that promote health and could be referred to when advising people against the use and abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Foremost is the command “not to kill” for it’s not only referring to taking the lives of other people but of oneself, and I can say that having vices that destroys health is tantamount to killing oneself, thus is considered suicide-on-installment-basis.
Another, referring to the weekly “rest” that addresses our way of living on this fatigue and stress- filled world is the fourth commandment, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)
We need rest, which provides sufficient time for the body to restore that which has been used. We need rest when we are tired and obedience to this 4th command of God does not only grant us physical but spiritual rest as well.
God expressed his reason for this command, reminding us that He is our creator, “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is”. Going back to the beginning, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created…” (Genesis 2:2-4) Please take note that the Sabbath day that we are talking about is the seventh-day of the week, now known as Saturday, and our discussion is premise on the biblical literal seven days creation week.
Yes, God gave this sacred day to man so that he could take time to remember that he did not evolve through millions of years, but that God had created him and all the rest of the wonderful world in six days! He told mankind to “remember” this day, because in six days He had created the earth, the sea, and the fountains of water. Had mankind always kept the Sabbath as a memorial of Creation as God asked them to do, there would not be an evolutionist, infidel, or skeptic alive today. For they would have been reminded each week of their roots and of their relationship to their Creator! As sin increased on the earth, man forgot where he came from and why he was here. When this happened, he also forgot how he should live.
During the time of Moses, the people of Israel had been instructed to serve and obey God, but during their cruel captivity in Egypt, they had almost completely forgotten about their God and his commands. Through Moses, God delivered them out of Egypt and led them through the wilderness on the way to the “Promised Land.” In the wilderness they had run out of food, as they could only carry so much for that great multitude of people, and God provided food for them. “Then the Lord said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.”
The “bread” spoken of here is commonly called “manna.”“And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in,and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 16:4-6) And each day they went out and gathered bread for that day. They now had food to sustain them as they journeyed in the wilderness. But waitnotice what happened on the sixth day of the week:“So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted. And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one.
Then he said to them, ‘This is what the Lord has said: Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. “Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil today; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” Exodus 16:21-23. Most of the people did what God had commanded, but some went out on the Sabbath to gather manna.“And the Lord said to Moses, How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.” Exodus 16:28-30. You see, the Sabbath was instituted at creation and was observed by God’s people long before the Exodus.
God’s laws and commandments were given to man before Sinai, for it was not until several weeks later that God, on Mt. Sinai, etched the Ten Commandments on tables of stone with His own finger. One of those commandments was given to make certain His people would never forget their relationship to their Creator. In fact, it begins with the word remember. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. You will notice that the Sabbath is in the center, or the heart, of those ten precepts. God asked mankind to remember the Sabbath day as a memorial of creation. So you see that Sabbath is as old as the world itself! God promises His people many blessings if they obey Him and remember His memorial of creation..
Most of the people did what God had commanded, but some went out on the Sabbath to gather manna.“And the Lord said to Moses, How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.” -Exodus 16:28-30
September 2017 Health and Lifestyle