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Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “That Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You need the Sabbath”
In his book, “The Relentless Elimination of Hurry”, Pastor John Mark Comer includes an excellent chapter about the value and importance of observing the Sabbath. First of all, he points out that the word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word “Shabbat” and literally means “to stop”. It means that we are to cease normal activities in order to worship and to rest.
Doing so is so important that God commanded us to do it. Comer points out that observing the Sabbath is the only spiritual discipline included in the Ten Commandments (it’s the fourth). There God commanded us to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy. It’s the only spiritual disciple that made it onto the list. Not fasting or Bible reading or even prayer. “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
We are to work six days and to observe the Sabbath on the seventh. God Himself even modeled it for us in Genesis 2:3 when He took the seventh day to rest and admire His creation. But of course, God wasn’t actually tired. He didn’t need to rest. He did it as an example for us. Stop your labor, your chores and errands, your relentless rushing through life, and just worship and rest. That’s what the Sabbath is for.
What Jesus was teaching in Mark 2:27 is that God created the concept of Sabbath for our benefit. The Sabbath was made for man. We need it. The regular rhythm of our lives needs to include coming to a full stop once a week for the specific purpose of worshiping God and resting our bodies. Comer writes, “The Sabbath is how we fill our souls back up.” That’s true because observing Sabbath is renewing and refreshing. It’s how we recharge our physical and spiritual batteries so we’ll be at our best the rest of the week. This is why God called the day blessed and holy.
Think of Sabbath as a weekly holiday. It’s Christmas, or Easter, or Memorial Day, or Labor Day once every week. It’s a special day for celebrating, feasting, resting, and for company. It’s filled with worship, rest, and fun. So don’t miss it! You need your Sabbath!
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