It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or… is it the most busy time of the year?

Do you like being busy? Then why do you do it?

Starting Sunday, 12/3, we’re going to focus on what is called (in Hebrew) the Sabbath. Sabbath literally means rest. And the Sabbath was a big deal in the Bible. Check out this list of all the Scripture references to the word “Sabbath.”

Here are 3 good reasons for you to rest – now.

  1. Because God rested
    • How many days did it take for God to create? The answer is 6. What did he do on the 7th day? He rested. I’m just curious – how many days are there in a week? Oh – 7? Why do you think that is…? Is it possible that God has created you to live in a work/rest rhythm?
  2. Because God commanded that you rest 
    • The 3rd Commandment is “Honor the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy.”
    • What does this mean? Martin Luther says, “We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.”
    • God made you. He made you to work. And He made you to rest. His command for you to rest is actually a gift to you!
  3. If you don’t rest you’ll die 
    • It’s true. After a period of time, if you don’t rest, you’ll die. It’s necessary for human functioning that we sleep. There was a well documented case in the 1960s of a man named Randy Gardner and he lasted only 11 days before needing to go to sleep. He did not die, but at the 11 day mark, he was hallucinating and having other negative effects.
    • The Sabbath day was so important to God, that he even implemented a law that said if someone worked on the Sabbath that they should be killed. This actually happened to a man who was collecting sticks on the Sabbath. (read here).
    • If you recall, the Jews had a difficult time with Jesus “working” (i.e. healing) on the Sabbath. This was one of the reasons that some wanted to have him killed. But, we’ll get to that more next week.

I pray that you will have a great “holiday season” and that it will be filled with much love, joy, peace, and REST. Sabbath.jpg