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Sabbath is not a “day off”

January 29, 2007

“As Eugene Peterson has often pointed out, Sabbath is not a “day off” to catch your breath, it’s about completely reorienting your thinking. Sabbath means entering into God’s grace and God’s story and God’s ryhthms in ways that will not prepare you to reenter the rat race but that will make you exit the rat race for good. Truly to recognize Sabbath for what God intended is to change your life every day. To use the Sabbath as a launching pad for the same old destructive routines of busyness is to profane the Sabbath. The secular “weekend” is for recharging your batteries; the Sabbath is for trnsforming your mind.” (Proclaim the Wonder by Scott Hoezee, 217)

Did you know the Sabbath is about more than just rest. Exodus 20 does speak of rest, but Deuteronomy 5:15 speaks of rembering and redemption.
“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.” 

 If Sabbath is to be more than a day off to rest, what is its purpose? How would our lives be affected if we really both understood and practiced Sabbath? How can you incorporate remembering God’s faithfulness and redemption into your Sabbath? 

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