Sabbath Rest


by Rob Campbell

Let me share a few thoughts that should mesh well with Joel’s post yesterday.  The antidote to burnout is honoring the Sabbath (“cease to exist, to stop, to bring things to a halt, a DAY OF REST”).  The command to observe the Sabbath is one of the Big Ten, isn’t it?

Here are some things to consider in light of the Sabbath:

Sabbath is a matter of rest, not ritual.

“Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest.  I repeat: Because the Lord considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.” Exodus 31:15

“He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

Psalm 23:2

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”                                                               Mark 6:31

“It’s useless to rise up early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone.  Don’t you know He enjoys giving rest to those he loves?”                                    Psalm 127:2

One’s principle behind the Sabbath will determine the priority of the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-28).

The Sabbath is a matter of good, not greed  (Matthew 12:9-12).

The Sabbath is a matter of Lordship over legalism.

“For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”  Matthew 12:8

Now, consider the following three questions.  First, what day each week is your Sabbath?  How do you refresh your spirit?  What do you need to change in your schedule?

Before you move on to something else right now, please read Isaiah 58:12-14.



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