MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016
The Sabbath is our weekly reminder that we are not God. – A. J. Swoboda (A professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon)
Key Bible Verse: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11, ESV)
Dig Deeper: Exodus 20:8-11
Every Wednesday, my son, my wife, and our chickens take a break – it is called a Sabbath. The challenges to taking a Sabbath day of rest are endless. Perhaps the hardest part of Sabbathing is that it completely undermines my American sense of personal economic value. On the Sabbath, I become basically useless to the system of our world; our family stops shopping, buying, driving, and working in total. We don’t even have to make our beds on the Sabbath. Keeping a Sabbath goes entirely against the kind of good, American values I was raised to believe in.
This idea of resting, of ceasing – Sabbath – is that time-honoured tradition drawn from the Jewish vision of life that was lived out by Jesus and that is rarely received with praise in our Western, capitalistic life. The idea is that we rest in who God is and not in anything else – we don’t rest in our work, in how many people follow us on Twitter, in our economic state, in how well things are going at the studio. Sabbath keeping is living in God’s love for us and refusing to find ourselves in anything else.
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