Sabbath Meditation #39 – The Appointed Time
“2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings” (Leviticus 23:2-3, KJV).
In life, we will have many appointments. When these appointments come, it is anticipated that we will be prepared. We take measures to dress appropriately and be timely in our attendance. We set aside distractions and other events to make sure that we are there.
In Leviticus 23:2-3, The Lord God lists the Sabbath as one of His feasts. The Hebrew word translated as ‘feasts’ is moade (root word: moed), and it means an appointed time, set time, appointed meeting, or fixed time. It involves specific, set apart time.
The Lord God set an appointment with us; it happens every seventh day without fail. Do we give our Sabbath appointment the weight and importance that it deserves? What is our approach? What is our preparation? Do we give it more attention than our earthly appointments?
Because the Sabbath happens every week, we can slip into the mindset of taking this appointment for granted. We can just let the time come and go without giving it the planning and attention it so richly deserves. It’s not just the appointment itself we should focus on, but also WHO the Sabbath appointment is with and WHAT He has done for us. The God of the Universe loves you and I so much that He sent His only begotten son to die for us. That should humble us all.
As Christians, we must also realize that we are appointed to meet with Him. He wants us to come to Him and lay down our burdens. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). This appointment with the Lord God will change us! It will help us overcome in our trials and tough times.
In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28). The Sabbath is a fixed appointed meeting we have with our Lord and Savior. Jesus is our Lord, and He is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27-28). When the LORD sets the moade or appointed time it isn’t cancelled, moved, or adjusted. This is one reason why the Sabbath can never be changed. The one who never changes set the seventh day for a specific time; it will always be that time (Hebrews 13:7).
We have an appointment that cannot and will not be canceled with the Creator God. He will never miss it and never disappoint us during it. At these appointments, we will be blessed abundantly by HIS presence. Do you look forward to your appointment with Him? Do you have anticipation in your heart and mind? Are you excited?
God already has an appointment with you and I every Sabbath – He will not fail to be ready for us on this set time. Will you be ready to visit with Him?
Kelly McDonald, Jr
BSA President www.biblesabbath.org