In God’s calendar, Friday is Preparation Day for Sabbath. It starts at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday.
In the Bible, only two days have a name: the sixth day of the week is Preparation Day. And the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath Day, also called the Lord’s Day. The days of the week in the Gregorian calendar are named after Greco-Roman deities of their pagan tradition.
Preparation Day is mentioned a few times in the New Testament – Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:31 – always in relation to the Sabbath because it’s Preparation for the Sabbath.
I love Preparation Day because I’m looking forward to 24 beautiful hours of entering the Lord’s rest.
I enjoy preparing for the Sabbath. I try to clean the house earlier in the week so that it’s not a huge workload on Friday. Try to do any needed food shopping by mid-afternoon so that there’s enough time to cook and clean the kitchen. Personal preparation for church-going is another important task that day. It’s important to congregate ourselves and not stay home on the Sabbath.
As soon as the sun sets (you can check the exact time for your area on Google) I receive the Sabbath with my family in home worship. We sing a special Sabbath hymn, read a passage of Scripture and pray.
Then it’s time to curl up with my Bible and whatever material I’m studying (usually my church’s Sabbath School lesson but lately the Book of Revelation). I also treasure praying on the Sabbath as those prayers receive a special blessing in heaven. On the Sabbath we have personal audience with the King of the Universe!
When you do your Sabbath preparation right you can relax and enjoy the glorious delight of being in the presence of our holy God the entire day. All other worries should be cast aside during that precious, sacred rendez-vous. Enjoy your Sabbath preparation!
To find out more about the Sabbath including why and how this truth has been concealed, listen to my podcast “Top 10 Countdown of Myths in the Church – Part 2”.
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