Paul Taylor - March 2, 2008

A Rest Required

We often think that God required His people to rest for one day a week so that they could be work efficient during the other six days. But God's command to His people to observe Sabbath doesn't have anything to do with efficiency. Instead, they have everything to do with dependency. God's people are commanded to observe the Sabbath in order to remember that God's work in creation is done. Sabbath is also a sign that distinguishes God's people from the nations surrounding them. Finally, Sabbath reminds God's people that He has redeemed them.

Scripture References: Exodus 31:12-18, Exodus 20:8-11, Deuteronomy 5:12-15

From Series: "Sabbath: Remember to Rest. Rest to Remember."

We all want rest. Whether we are exhausted from work, school, family, or personal problems, rest seems elusive. We shouldn’t be surprised that rest is one of the major themes of the entire Bible. It is woven throughout the Scriptures from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation. In this four-part series, we will take a look at the biblical idea of Sabbath to understand what it means to rest in God. We’ll find out why we are to rest, what resting really looks like, and how to hope for the rest that God promises. We’ll conclude our series on Easter Sunday by celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and seeing how that event finally gives us the rest that we’ve always yearned for. Come and rest with us.

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