January 10, 2021
8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
When we look at the idea of sabbath in scripture, we must turn to Exodus 20, the 10 commandments. That dealing with the sabbath is unusual in that it is the first that goes into any detail beyond a single sentence command. It is a commandment with explanation, and I wonder if the first three commandments do not provide the foundation to the sabbath command.
1. I am God, and you should have no other
2. Do not create any image of God (perhaps 'do not recreate God in your image?')
3. Do not misuse (the name of) God
When it comes to NOT observing sabbath- - that is, getting so caught up on the doing that we leave no room for God - - it is often because we have either forgotten God or made something else (busyness, for example) a god in our lives. To ignore the sabbath, the natural need for rest and respite, is to misrepresent God in the world, for we deny God's intention for us.
We are going to look at various forms of sabbath, which is really more than rest - it is the creating of space to remember who God is and who we are in relationship to God. It is about practicing those things that re-place God in the center of our lives when that center has been lost; it is about honoring God so that holiness takes center stage.
How are you practicing sabbath today?