Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, July 19, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text: “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 23:3.

Comment:  Right from ancient times, God Almighty has always required his people to set aside some time to worship him. In the time of Moses, He commanded that they should keep the Sabbath day holy. (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12) The chief requirement of the Sabbath expressed in the law is to sanctify it. (Exodus 20:8) The other requirement of the law is rest: both for the sake of bodily and mental health, and chiefly to secure the quiet and uninterrupted employment of the sacred hours for religious purposes.  The Sabbath is no longer observed in the Christian era and there are no particular days fixed for worship, though Sunday is generally used for Divine Services. Our Saviour has taught us that after a reasonable period of work we should rest. (Colossians 2:16-18; Mark 6:31) As more people come to know the truth, people of goodwill from several nations shall worship God in truth. This will be perfected in God’s Kingdom fully established. (Psalm 66:1; 86:9) Services should be taken seriously no matter the day, hence St. Paul exhorted: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as we see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25) We should pray to be among the people who will be serving God day and night in the world to come. – Revelation 7:15.