Honoring the Sabbath, the Day of Rest


Sabbath = to cease or rest.  Cease and rest regularly and predictably (12-15) Regularly take time with the LORD and with others, and reflect.   Sabbath doesn't mean isolate - it's to be in community.

"That which is experienced when we regularly and predictably cease to work, production, achievement and commerce and instead pursue time with the LORD and each other."

Exodus 31:12-13, 16-17

It's something that is to "avoided" due to our incessant pursuit of more.

The Gift of Sabbath:

1.) The gift of Sabbath is for you (2-3, 14); Sabbath is blind to class, occupation, nationality, and gender.  Don't try to work around it (ox, donkey)

2.) The gift of Sabbath is a reminder that we are free (6,15).  It took a mere few days to get out of Egypt but it took 40 years of wandering in the desert to get Egypt out of the Israelites.

Exodus 5:4-8; I should get back to my burden.  I'm letting people down by not working as much or taking time for family and rest.  Who is your Pharoah (someone your trying to prove yourself to - a parent, boss, co-workers, fellow parents?  Is it yourself?) and what are your bricks (achievements, success, a bottom line number)?

3.) The gift of Sabbath is a command (12-13).  6 days you should do all of your work.  The Sabbath is not an optional spiritual discipline.  This is one of the only commands that we celebrate those who break it.  We lift up people who are consistenly busy.

Mark 2:27-28

What if it's not working?

1.) Set your expectations.  When you start to get alone - things are going to start ot surface.  Work through them and fill your thoughts with beautiful things (the word of God, songs, positive words).  Ask for forgiveness.

2.) Draw a line for when your Sabbath begins and ends (sun down).  I.e. getting off your phone before bed

Hebrews 4:9-10 / Exodus 20 - 1st time the 10 Commandments / Deuteronomy = 2nd time