Top 10 #4 Take a Break: the Sabbath
Posted by Brad Quiring on February 10, 2015
God set up a day to remember Him, to rest and ultimately to demonstrate the true destiny of those who believe in Jesus Christ and commanded us to “take a break!” This day is called “The Sabbath”.
Leviticus26:6 - But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of Sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards
- We cannot go 7 days a week all year
- The land needs a break or it becomes unproductive
- Hired workers were to be given a day to rest so they could have some enjoyment and recover physically and mentally.
- Faith in God’s provision and salvation
- Work 6 days and rest on one day. Trust God to give you what you need on that day you don’t work
- Faith demonstrated through obedience to God’s commands and in response to his care.
- Sign they were different from those around them, everyone worked 7 days a week all year long, not God’s people
- Reveals that God is the Lord and makes people holy
- Showed God cared, does not want people to literally work themselves to death
Hebrews3:10 – 14 - That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
Therefore we must bring our spending and expectations into line.
We must find success in a relationship with God and others, rather than in things, titles and money.
- God said those who deliberately disobey God and do not believe in Him will not enter his “rest”
- We have come to share in Christ – a relationship based on our faith in Him
- Through that faith in Christ we enter God’s rest
- Grace - free, undeserved blessing
- Saved – from God’s wrath and the consequences of our sins
- Faith – our belief and trust in Jesus Christ alone
- NOT FROM OURSELVES – we don’t do it, earn it or produce it
- GIFT of God – Given to us without requirement of repayment
- NOT BY WORKS – not what we do or pay, because we cannot
In Mark 2:27 Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. We respond to God by responding to the Sabbath, we don’t try and put the Sabbath into our own terms.
Jesus addressed this directly in Matthew 6 – we are not to worry about and chase things. God knows our needs and provides for every one of them. If we think we have to work 70 hours a week to just make ends meet or worse yet, trying to get ahead and have security and a sense of success this is called pride.
3. Live your faith in God
The Sabbath for Israel was a sign to everyone else they belonged to God. The sign and seal for us as Christians is the Holy Spirit in us and working through us.
We must believe in Jesus alone for salvation and forgiveness of sin. We must believe that Jesus died for your sins and that he rose again from the dead. It is not obtained or earned by reading your Bible, by praying, by being religious or helping the poor.
- The Bible, New International Version
- Stuart Briscoe, Playing by the Rules, pp. 67, 68
- Bill Hybels, Laws that Liberate, pp. 45-55