Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Sabbath Rest

Sabbath: a period of rest.

Why is it important to keep the Sabbath? 
God commands us to keep the Sabbath in the 10 commandments (see Exodus 20:10-11 and Deut. 5:12-15). It's repeated throughout the Bible (see Leviticus 19:3 and 30 and Leviticus 26:2)

Guidelines of Sabbath
Work for six days, rest on seventh. You do not work on the Sabbath. Leviticus 23:3
Allow animals and workers (slave/foreigner) to rest. Exodus 23:12
It is a holy day. Exodus 35:1-3
Rest, for God rested on the 7th day. Exodus 31:12-18

Keeping the Sabbath is a serious matter. Life-or-Death in fact!! Numbers 15:32-36
The Sabbath is a covenant/promise/sign between man and God. Ezekiel 20:12 and 20
Keeping the Sabbath is a way to have joy. Isaiah 58:13-14
The person who keeps the Sabbath is blessed. Isaiah 56:1-2
Sabbath-rest is a method to be adopted. Isaiah 56: 6-8
Sabbaths are between us and God. Don’t let people judge how you keep the Sabbath. Colossians 2:16-19

How did Jesus act on the Sabbath?
He healed people!! (man with the abnormal swelling) (invalid by the pool) (man born blind) (shriveled hand man) (shriveled hand man again) (crippled woman) (shriveled hand man again again)
It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:11-12)
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (see here, and here, and here!!)

God planned extra rest into our lives, in addition to the Sabbath    
Sabbath Year (Exodus and Leviticus)
Day of Atonement
Feast of Trumpets

A Psalm for the Sabbath

What does the Sabbath mean to you?

Can we afford to rest? Can we afford to *not* rest?

Are we to approach it rigidly with legalistic rules? Are we to to approach it with the goal to do good and to rest?

What is work for you? Does work mean the same thing for the different people? Does work mean the same thing to the same person at different times?

Are you weary? Rest.