Keeping The Sabbath

I’ve been going through the Bible In One Year plan on my YouVersion app. Recently, my study took me through the Ten commandments.

Most of us can rattle of some of the more familiar commandments such as “Thou Shalt Not Murder”or “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery”. But how many of us think of the one that says

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates”

I’m not much of a theologian, so I’m not going to get into Old Testament versus the fulfillment of the law in the New Testament. But… is there something to be said, about setting aside one day of the week to rest? I mean, even the Creator of the universe  took a break on the 7th day.

I’m the kind of person who has a never ending “to-do” list.  (I’ve got the apps and lists to prove it.) However, I’m coming to the conclusion that while it’s important to get stuff done.  Sometimes, it’s important to not get stuff done. To that end, I’m realizing that in this busy and hectic culture, I need to consciously choose to simply rest.

In the words of Sara Groves…

There will never be an end to the request upon your time/
It’s your place to stand up and tell the world you’ve got to rest awhile/
And everything is important but everything is not/
At the end of your life your relationships are all you’ve got”

Just One Thing-All Right Here

So what do you think?  Do you think it’s important to make time for a Sabbath? What does that look like to you?




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  1. Jamy

     /  March 14, 2015

    Thanks for sharing!

    Spending some Sabbath time each week was a New Year’s commitment of mine. 🙂 It’s a great thing to practice, not to mention necessary!

  2. Thanks Jamy!


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