Rest. If you can’t rest on Sundays, then pick a different day. About two years ago all I could think about was the Sabbath and what it actually meant. What does it mean to honor it in this day and age? I heard Steven DeSalva speak the other week on prosperity and he said something along the lines of, ‘The sabbath will be paid whether it’s now or later.’ It struck a cord with me.
God created the world in seven days. After the 6th, he rested. He didn’t have to. He choose to. He set an example for us. I used to struggle with the sabbath and quite frankly was a little legalistic about it. Today, I had a fresh revelation from this passage:
23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
We can choose to be religious about our duties as a Christian or we can serve and love God on the Sabbath, choosing to rest in him.
Interestingly enough, in Matthew 12: 1-14 it’s an extended version of what was happening in the fields. 12 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Matthew 11:28 ends with Jesus saying: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Sabbath= Rest for the weary. Rest for your soul. God will honor your time apart from doing and transitioning into being. God loves you so much.
Things I’m finding I love to do on the Sabbath-
Brunch with friends
Get tea with close friends
Walk slowly in Central Park
Spend time with God in the outdoors/indoors
Chill and watch a movie
Do some yoga
Talk to family and friends I normally wouldn’t be able to spend a lot of time talking to.