In Jeremiah 16, the people of Judah mock Jeremiah's message. "What is our sin?" they ask. In the next chapter, Jeremiah gives a peculiarly simple instruction to Judah. "Bear no burden on the Sabbath day." Sounds simple, right? God promises blessings and prominence throughout the world if they would simply observe this one command, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8). what is so crucial about Jeremiah's request and why does it merit such a blessing?
A favorite Bible quote of mine is 1 Samuel 2:30, "For them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed." This was spoken to Eli, the high priest. He of all men should have understood what God wanted! However, he never got it. He was a "good man" as far as men would evaluate but the Lord says, "I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to fruit of his doings" (Jeremiah 17:10). We may think we honor God, but our actions and heart may tell a different story. By not bearing a burden on the Sabbath the people would have reinforced their dedication to God through their actions. They would honor God. For what does the Lord seek? He seeks honor. Whether you're the high priest or a barren woman such as Hannah was, you have the choice to honor God or not. Ask the Lord to search you and know your heart. If you honor God in the simple things, he will delight to lavish tremendous honor up on you.