This past Sunday Pastor Dennis continued our series on Sabbath by presenting the importance that we enter into this season…
– With purpose – exchanging my heavy burden for one that is light
– With prayer – knowing that living with Jesus is the first step in a meaningful prayer life and Sabbath is all about being with God
– With a personal expectation of God’s provision – a time God provides for us
There are two words that are important to understand:
1. Rest – Hebrew word “menuchah,” is found in Genesis 2:2-3
Rest was created in the garden by God and Adam spent his first full day of life resting with God.
2. Stop – Hebrew word “Shabbat,”
The Jewish people had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years with no days off.
Read Exodus 14
First, the Lord provided water with a great promise attached.
Exodus 15:26 And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”
They go to a place named Elim, a place with huge trees and 12 springs. God’s provision!
Read Exodus 16
Again, they begin to complain. God graciously supplies “over and above” their faithless and fearful behavior.
Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.” God provided.
Exodus 16:5 “On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” God’s provision for the Sabbath.
Exodus 16:29 “See, the Lord has given you the sabbath; therefore He gives you bread for two days on the sixth day. Remain every man in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” God was telling them to stop.
Look at the words:
The Lord has given you a place to stop – a sabbath
– food for the soul – manna
– plenty of living water – Jesus!
Will you receive it from Him?
Exodus 16:30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
Put the two words together – “Shabbot menuchah” or “Stop & Rest”
That’s God’s offer. He has given you the Sabbath. Will you stop and rest?
– I trust God to provide.
– I humbly accept God’s order for the Sabbath instead of making up my own.
– I know and receive God’s good rest instead of engaging this world’s style of R&R and calling it the same.
By the time Jesus came, Sabbath was all about rules, laws, titles and control.
That’s why his words in Matthew 11:28-30 are so revolutionary to this day. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Don’t just stop. Stop and receive my rest.
How does Jesus give me rest:
– He provides the manna of comfort and peace.
– He gives direction in the dark.
– He gives me companionship through the Word.
– He places me in the fellowship of His church.
vs. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. The yoke is obedience and trust.
Does your “stop” need to be filled with “rest?”
You will never get rid of fear without replacing it with faith.
Faith takes God at His word and trusts Him to do what He said He would do.
Psalm 27:1,4 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.