Published on January 29, 2008
Sabbath - A Revolution of the Soul: Sabbath - A Revolution of the Soul Genesis 2 Slide2: Genesis 2:1-3 1So the creation of the heavens & the earth & everything in them was completed. 2On the seventh day, having finished His task, God rested from all His work. 3And God blessed the seventh day & declared it holy, because it was the day when He rested from His work of creation. 24/7 LIFE: 24/7 LIFE School, Work, & Play = 24/7 Life Coffee consumption - $18 billion/year – estimate – Energy drinks - $1.1 billion/year - & growing… Utilizing caffeine, ginseng, ma-huang, ephedra, etc. to avoid, circumvent fatigue Target: 13-18 years SABBATH: SABBATH CEASING RESTING EMBRACING FEASTING SABBATH & CREATION: SABBATH & CREATION The 7th day – He rested – upon finishing His work; Blessed the Sabbath & made it holy – 1st thing called qadash God created – said it was good God ceased – & was refreshed God rested – desisted from exertion God blessed – God made it holy – set apart; made clean SABBATH & DIVINE RHYTHM: SABBATH & DIVINE RHYTHM Exodus 20:9 4th commandment - remember the Sabbath, keep it holy; time it is a Shabbat to the Lord your God - you shall imitate Me – cease from labors SABBATH & DIVINE RHYTHM: SABBATH & DIVINE RHYTHM Exodus 31:13 – keep the Sabbath – as an everlasting covenant – sign between Israel & God signs of God’s covenant – rainbow – flood promise circumcision – everlasting promise with Israel (God’s chosen people, set apart) Sabbath – this is different – a principle of creation, & a commandment SABBATH & DIVINE RHYTHM: SABBATH & DIVINE RHYTHM Isaiah 58:13,14 – call the Sabbath a delight as to the Lord Honoring God - Holy time Sabbath - a consistent habit, regular rhythm… which day, not as important as the ceasing Revisiting & rehearsing the fact that my worth is not based in my ability to produce or accomplish HUMAN DOING vs.HUMAN BEING: HUMAN DOING vs. HUMAN BEING The worth of a human being, God’s masterpiece is measured how? Work, productivity, availability, accomplishments, function Cease working & cease the mental gymnastics that accompany down time No more feeling guilty about it HUMAN DOING vs.HUMAN BEING: HUMAN DOING vs. HUMAN BEING In celebrating a Sabbath, we join the generations of believers in setting aside time/a day that we are precious, honored, & profoundly loved by God & not because of what we do/produce/accomplish. SABBATH: SABBATH Luke 10:42 – Mary & Martha Practice being w/people simply for the relational connection Ceasing & pouring out into relationship SABBATH: SABBATH CEASING RESTING EMBRACING FEASTING SABBATH: SABBATH Let me say again that I need you Let me say again that I’m thankful for you Every breath I have is Yours, do what you will Now say again, that You love me Say again that You’re so proud of me Tell me You never leave me alone SABBATH: SABBATH How will I know it’s You? Will I recognize Your face? It’s been so long since I Have sat at Your feet Will You recognize me? SABBATH: SABBATH Forgive me, I know I’ve let You down then For repentance, kindness is measured out but I’m thinking I should lie in ashes Then I remember You are the faithful one And You remember I so well-intentioned And your grace pours out over me again SABBATH: SABBATH How will I know it’s You? Will I recognize Your face? It’s been so long since I Have sat at Your feet Will You recognize me?