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Sunday – Set Apart for the Lord

We are now finishing up the last “day” of our study.  This Bible Study will remain on our website permanently and so I have been in no hurry to post the different parts.  Hopefully it will continue to bless the sisters who find it.  For four months I have prayed over the Sunday portion of the study because in many ways it is the most important.  We will not treat this as the “Sabbath” day of our week, but as the Lord’s Day which is how the New Testament church treated it.

 The Lord has prompted me to title it “Set Apart for the Lord” because His original intent in creating a day following all His work was a day set aside to rest.  As we study being set apart I want us to bear in mind that this should bring rest and renewal from our labors.

Let’s begin.

Genesis 2:2 – 3 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

 Strong’s H7673 – shabath ??? – to rest

1) to cease, desist, rest

a) (Qal)

1) to cease

2) to rest, desist (from labour)

b) (Niphal) to cease

c) (Hiphil)

1) to cause to cease, put an end to

                        2) to exterminate, destroy

                        3) to cause to desist from

4) to remove

5) to cause to fail

2) (Qal) to keep or observe the Sabbath

 Our first scripture is of course from Genesis and reveals the plan that God established for resting following our labor.  Did God rest because He was weary?  Were His muscles sore?  Was His mind tired?  I don’t think so!  So why did God rest?  In Exodus 31:17, we see that the Lord was “refreshed”:

 It is a sign between me and the children ofIsrael for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

Strong’s H5314 – naphash ???

1)      (Niphal) to take breath, refresh oneself

 And the last scripture I want to add here is Exodus 20:11

“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.”

 Strong’s H5117 – nuwach ???

1) to rest

a) (Qal)

1) to rest, settle down and remain

2) to repose, have rest, be quiet

b) (Hiph)

1) to cause to rest, give rest to, make quiet

2) to cause to rest, cause to alight, set down

3) to lay or set down, deposit, let lie, place

4) to let remain, leave

5) to leave, depart from

6) to abandon

7) to permit

c) (Hoph)

1) to obtain rest, be granted rest

2) to be left, be placed

3) open space (subst)

 I believe that we can see in all three of these examples that the intention of this resting following labor is to renew, be still and relax.  Yesterday afternoon we were given two newly hatched goslings.  They were very weak and unable to hold their heads up for more than a moment.  About every two hours I lifted them up gently and set their little bills into the water dish to help them drink and also into a food dish where I have mixed water into their feed and I help them eat small amounts.  This morning I woke about5:00to check on them and see if they had made it through the night.  They were both up, head’s held high and the water dish and food dish were almost empty.  Now it is almost lunch time and both of them are resting.  They have been up and scooting around all morning, but now they are sprawled out in their box basking in the warmth of the heat lamp over them.  I see their tiny bodies breathing in and breathing out and know that they are not only growing stronger but they are relaxed and feel safe. 

 As I work on this Bible Study today, I can see why the Lord wanted me to have these two precious little creatures at this time.  He wanted to remind me and you that no matter how difficult things may be in our lives, we can truly rest – cease, desist, settle down, be quiet – from our laboring periodically and allow the Lord to renew us: body, soul and spirit.  He gave us this example by His own personal day of rest. 

 Our study for this day is “Set Apart for the Lord” and before we can even touch on being set apart we must begin with rest.  Have you ever gardened?  It is one of my favorite tasks.  There is no question that it is pure, hard work.  Some days in our garden are from before the sun is up all the way until the sun has gone down over the hill.  A member of my family will come out and bring me a glass of water from time to time and maybe an apple or sandwich when meal time comes because I am dirty and muddy and don’t want to stop to come inside.  And when the day is over, I like to sit on the bench under the Kiwi arbor and just look out over the gardens.  To take a moment to see what has been done and all that has been accomplished is a reward for the work.  I believe that this was in great part what the Lord was doing on His day of rest.  He was looking over all that He had created.  Literally breathing it in and seeing the goodness of it all.  This is in truth what we need to do – it brings appreciation, gratefulness, joy, strength, renewal and reflection.  When was the last time you took some time to really look at all that God has done in your life and spent time pondering on it?  We see this in scripture so often – David was continually writing songs of praise as he pondered over the miracles that God had wrought in His life.  I believe that when David was a young shepherd and sat in the fields with his sheep, He did just that.  He watched over all that the Lord had given him and his gratitude became overwhelming at times. 

 As Godly wives and mothers, we know that we set the tone as the heart of the family.  Whether we like it or not, our family takes on the demeanor we carry – remember “if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”.  Poor grammar yes, but the truth is evident.  Sisters, I would like to hear from you on this and I would like to know if you are taking this time of rest and reflection.  I am not talking about what day you worship (it should be everyday) nor am I talking about keeping the law – so to speak.  I am asking you to share if you are taking that time to rest before the Lord and if not, why not.


Lesson: Sunday–set apart

Study: My family made a conscience decision to take Sun as a day of rest. We have been blessed by it. We do not buy or sell, do unnecassary work, and we are careful of our activites, that they are not ‘loud’. I usually make our meal on Sat to just pop in the oven on Sunday. God is so good to us. It’s a gift, and we’re foolish to not use it. It’s a time of refreshment. We reflect our blessings. We’ve all grown closer to him.

Mark 2:37 And He [Jesus] said unto them, The sabbath was made FOR man, not man for the sabbath” (emphasis mine)

It’s a GIFT!

Name: Pamela

Thanks for sharing this Pamela. 

 Lesson: sunday: set apart

Study: I do not do the usual work, laundry, washing floors but I do not set the day apart as I should. As a child I can remember not ever seeing a store open because it was a day set apart. Now people see it as a inconvienience if a store isn’t open even on holidays. I need to become more aware of my actions and the example I am setting for my family.

Name: Le-Teisha

Hi Le-Teisha, I look forward to hearing more as you begin to check this area of your family life.  The changes that can be wrought from taking time to rest will be amazing.

Praying for you!!! Angie

 Lesson: Sunday Rest

Study: Certainly a “day of rest” seems out of sorts with this ever moving, impatient world we live in! But God in His infinite wisdom STILL knows best! When our children were all home, we made sure they understood this principle as well. Now they are older with a few having their own families. They tried the non-stop routine and found it to be sorely lacking! The son in law enforcement seems to have the hardest time with this (he is off now on Sundays, so we encourage him every chance we get…It is amazing to me how God knows how that thing we think of as “little” can be so vital to our well-being! Praise Him for His wisdom!! Glad I don’t have to rely on my own!!

Name: Tina

Lesson: Sunday-Set apart for the Lord

Study: Once again you have given us a very good lesson. Growing up I too remember when all businesses were closed on Sunday. Hobby Lobby still is :-) We have 6 days to do what is needed and Sunday should be the Lord’s Day. First start your day with worship and praise for him with other like minded believers if there are others in your area. The bible does say about not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together.This can be in a Homechurch or a meeting place. I admit I have been guilty of doing other things that could of waited until another day.In the past I have also been blessed with getting a job where they did not require me to work on Sunday.Not a lot of jobs will let you do that now.

On modest clothing again, I have noticed that some manufacturers are noticing that not all women want flashy material , high hemlines, low cut necklines, sheer material. Angie, your daughter Sarah still makes the best modest dresses. I have noticed in the past 5 years or so even young girls clothing styles have become very provocative.What are we teaching our children? I am also thanking all the other ladies who have commented on these lessons and also shared from their hearts.

Name: Debra

Dear Debra,

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this.  It is encouraging to know that other sisters out there are seeing the same things and seeking the Lord’s will in these areas.  I appreciate the kind words about Sarah’s dresses – I happily agree! 😉

Hugs – Angie

Lesson: Set Apart

Study: Ohhh Angie, this one has me in tears this morning! I went back through my notes about the Sabbath and was overwhelmed! You taught me that whenever something is mentioned 3 times in the Bible, I’d better listen up. Well, God wasn’t fooling around when He talked about “this day of rest”. He was quite serious about everyone participating. In Ezekiel, He is adamant that we hallow(separate and keep holy) His Sabbaths, 6 times just in one chapter (20:12, 20:13, 20:16, 20:20, 20:21, 20:24). I also love it when He says in Ezekiel 20:12 – it’s to be a SIGN. Just by sight, I’d say it’s impossible to determine whether someone is following God’s commandments…except for Sabbath keeping. You can’t hide that one! It’s visible, obvious to mankind. And the kicker…it’s also obvious to satan. Anytime we enter a peaceful or restful state, we are declaring WAR on satan. I love that!!!! Our family has just started a Sabbath rest including special food and clothing. My little girls are thrilled about this!! You know, it has already blessed us, immensely!

Much love to you, Cath


Lesson: Sunday-Set Aprt for the Lord

Study: Thank you so much Angie for posting this entire study, I know it is a labor of love. I believe many around the world are beginning to take notice of what godly women are living out. God is so good to encourage. I’ve been studying I Corinthians 13 and the life of Jesus in the gospels to share at Vacation Bible School to the next generation. I believe time is short and we must be faithful in the teaching of the word of God, we must be ….set apart for our Lord! Others must be able to see Jesus, the Living word alive in us and hear God’s love letters come alive in their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. Too many are being deceived by the watered down gospel. I am so looking forward to the practical look at Proverbs 31 as God is using me to speak with many women, young and older to teach them the Titus 2 way of living. God has seen fit to help me walk through some very difficult times in my life these past five years or so. But lonliness, separation, trials, make us better or bitter. I choose better, and more Christlike, and pray that many others will do the same, for time is short and many around us need to “see” Jesus in us and our lives. We are not to walk in sloppy grace, but “when” we fall short, fall on the grace of God and He will lift us up and dust us off and remind us that He loves us and encourage us to continue to Stand for Jesus until He returns for us.

God’s blessings on you and yours.


Thanks for sharing, Monika – we pray for your ministry to the women the Lord brings into your life.  If we are all working together to teach the Word – in our daily deeds as well as in our words – we can indeed reach the World!!




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2 Responses to "Sunday – Set Apart for the Lord"

  1. Patty says:

    I just went back and re read…he worked for six days then rested on the Seventh…how did we get to the first day of the week from the seventh?! Saturday is the seventh day, which means Saturday is the Sabbath.

    1. Angelia Angelia says:

      Allow me to call to your attention the last sentence of the first paragraph of this section of our study. “We will not treat this as the “Sabbath” day of our week, but as the Lord’s Day which is how the New Testament church treated it.” I hope this clarifies things to you on this subject.

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