Why does Sabbath Rest matter to God?
March 13 - March 17, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | Rest Week 2
Happy March, everyone!
Anybody here Irish?
Sorry, I always have to ask where my Irish peeps are at. Since this week ends with St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a requirement to start looking for sales on corned beef and cabbage (although that’s not anything like actual Irish food).
Now, granted, if you aren’t Irish and you’re Roman (would that be Italian, now?) … well, there’s an important day for you this week too. March 15. The day Julius Caesar was murdered! (Et tu, Brute?)
In all seriousness, I do hope you’re having a lovely day today, in spite of the lingering effects from the time change. (Yes, time change is today. Spring FORWARD, okay? Except for you lucky ducks in Arizona and Hawaii.)
I’m trying not to think about losing an hour. Getting enough rest throughout the evening hours would be hard enough, but it also messes up my calendar significantly since I work with folks in so many different time zones. But getting enough rest is the point, right? Especially during this study of Sabbath Rest?
Last week we defined what Sabbath Rest actually is, and I hope it was as enlightening for you guys as it was for me. And this week, we’re taking it a step further to seek out why the Sabbath matters to God.
Obviously, He wouldn’t have established it and set it up as an example to follow if it didn’t matter to Him, but why? What is the point? Why is it so important to “keep” the Sabbath?
March 13 - Points to Jesus as our Savior
March 14 - Symbolizes the gift of Salvation
March 15 - Demonstrates our heart toward God
March 16 - Reminds us that we need God
March 17 - Helps us turn over our worries to God
It’s always good to make steps toward understanding why God does what He does, not that we can always accomplish that. But if the Scriptures tell us why something matters to God, you can take that to the bank as truth.
We already know that when God created everything, He took the seventh day as a day of rest as an example of how we should live and work. But Keeping the Sabbath didn’t become a Law until after God rescued the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. It’s part of the Ten Commandments, which is where our memory verse for this week originates, Exodus 20:8-10a.
You can’t get much more clear than that, right? Work six days. Rest on the seventh. It’s a lot easier to say it than to do it, but that’s sort of the Christian life. It’s a process of learning how to be more like Jesus. It’s my prayer this week that each of us will prioritize the gift of rest He’s given us, not just in our words, but that we’ll actually DO it.
Love you guys.
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