The Gift of Rest

The Gift of Rest


Friday nights from here until eternity are booked for me. You can ask me to do something and I’ll be thrilled to get the invite, but I’ll have to politely decline.

Every Friday from sundown to Saturday at sundown is Sabbath. Shabbat. Shabbos. However you want say it. God himself asked us to observe it way back in Genesis 2:2, so…we do. It’s a gift. The gift of rest.

We don’t cook during this time, light a flame, or work at all. We don’t create. We don’t shop or do anything that would require making someone else work. We just rest. We nap. We watch TV. We read. We do Bible Study. We go to friend’s houses and talk.

We just are. No agenda.

It’s heaven. Literally.

All God asks you to do for one day is to stop. Stop working. Stop creating. Stop preparing. Stop frittering around doing this and doing that. See, all week long you should be preparing for this one day. You know when Sabbath starts. You know when it ends. By sundown on Friday, the house is clean, the food is cooked, the emails are answered, the plants are watered, and the bills are paid.  You should be ready.

Let me explain it to you this way…pretend you have a project. It could be a painting, a treehouse, a book, a website…whatever. At some point you have to STOP. You can’t keep adding stuff to it. You can’t keep changing it. You just have to be done. If you keep tinkering with it, you’ll ruin it.

At some point, you have to sit back and just appreciate the thing you created, right? That’s what we are supposed to do on Sabbath. Sit back and appreciate the creation and the creator.

When Jesus returns, you need to be prepared. We DON’T know the exact time he’s coming, so prepare constantly. You will enter his eternal rest. If you haven’t practiced that, the resting, how will you be able to do it for eternity? How will you fill eternity when don’t have to cook, clean, teach, raise children, go to a job? When all you have to do is glorify him and rest in his presence?

Plus, it’s a day where you are commanded to do no work. NO WORK. Enjoy it. It’s a gift.

And yet, most people don’t observe Sabbath. It was made for man to enjoy – Jesus said that. Jesus observed the Sabbath. The Sabbath will be observed when he returns. The Sabbath is a delight. It’s a sign between man and God forever. I’m not making this up – it’s in the Bible. Look it up.

As far as I know, it hasn’t been forever. In fact, it’s one of the 10 commandments to observe (do) the Sabbath…it’s right up there with don’t murder, don’t have idols, and don’t lie.

But wasn’t Sabbath changed to Sunday? Nope. Not by God. It’s always been the 7th day – Saturday. I can’t find anywhere in the Bible where the day was changed. Not one place. There are various reasons why men changed it: to look less Jewish to avoid paying the taxes levied on Jews (and to avoid death, of course), to entice pagan sun worshippers to switch to Christianity, and, of course, Constantine.

You can look him up. Interesting man, that one.

Anyway, yes, we observe Sabbath. It’s the day we look forward to the most.

Do I miss shopping on Saturdays? Nope.

I’m practicing for the big day. And it’s a delight.

 
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