I had grown up in church all my life and heard pastors summon those who tended to drift away from church once the weather warmed to "remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." This wasn't a day for the beach or the pool (though no one had a pool back then). It was a day for church.
Recently the Sabbath command has been making a more contemporary comeback. People are urged to hold burn out and stress at bay. God didn't create us as beings who can burn the candle at both ends for sustained lengths of time. He gave us the gift of a Sabbath rest. This has been redefined as a time of inner nourishment and re-grouping. We need a weekly Sabbath to center our hearts and wean us away from the callous noise of the rat-race. So, remember your personal "Sabbath day."
At this point I need to offer two convictions: My first conviction would be there is much to be considered in each of these Sabbath situations. Some are a bit strange to our ears, fair enough, but there are long forgotten elements of necessary reminder in each as well.
On to conviction number two. Whatever we may think about each of these Sabbath situations, not one of them has anything to do with the most extensive, detailed Sabbath account in the New Testament. And that's the focus of our teaching time today.