Stop It! – What Is A “Sabbath” Anyway?

Sabbath literally means to STOP.  Holy rest… that’s it…  What else is there to write?  I guess this would make a really short blog post if I stopped right there so I’ll elaborate a bit.  

Exodus 20: 8-11 says:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

I think it is a matter of priority management.  If God had said “to remember to rest because your body needs it from time to time, plus it is a good idea to think about holy things from time to time as well – then we would probably never do either one!  We have a hard enough time doing it when it is divinely scheduled.  Holy rest should be the most important item on our calendar.

Holy rest is for everyone involved.  That is one reason I like not going to places of business on Sundays.  Our family hasn’t visited a place of business on a Sunday in over 20 years.  Not because it is my Sabbath but it would more than likely be a Sabbath for the person working.  (As a minister, Sundays are the hardest day of work for me. So we, as a family, take another day during the week off from work.)  According to this passage, observing the Sabbath is not just about me.  It’s also about family (son or daughter) employees (servants) animals (animals) or foreigners (Possibly non-Jesus followers).

So, how do you slow down and observe the Sabbath?


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