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Sabbath. Simple, Right? part 4.

August 5, 2018

Quick Review:

How are you observing Sabbath lately?

Jesus observed the Sabbath, according to Luke 4:16 — He came to Nazareth where he had been raised. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to synagogue. 

Jesus said that keeping Sabbath was not a duty that people owed to God. He spun it around and taught that God made the Sabbath as a day of rest for humanity’s benefit — The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren’t made to serve the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27)

Jesus and those closest to him didn’t exactly follow the strict Jewish rules about not doing any work on the Sabbath. For example, pick one or more of the following: Matthew 12:1-14Mark 2:23-283:1-6Luke 6:1-1113:10-1714:1-6John 5:1-18.


Many secular sources cite the need for Sabbath, naming it a time of regular rest.

But it all seems to have begun as part of the Ten Commandments, like this: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the 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 20:8-11) Sounds here like it’s about remembering Who’s in charge, and following God’s example of taking time to rest (Genesis 2:2).

Sabbath. Simple, right?

As we live into all this and continue to work out (our) own salvation with fear and trembling, as Philippians 2:12 says, let’s remember above all else the words of the Source (Exodus 20:8-11) and let’s keep it holy.  

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