Day 11

Sabbath



Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Psalm 92:1-15, Isaiah 58:13-14, Mark 2:23-28, Hebrews 4:1-11

BY Guest Writer

In my early twenties, I cooked at several restaurants on St. Simons Island, GA. I would sometimes work double shifts in order to make ends meet. On one occasion, I worked three weeks of double shifts without a day off. Resilient though I thought myself to be at that age, I almost put myself in the hospital. 

Most will admit, there is something built into the fabric of our being to remind us of our need for rest. We are image-bearers of God, called to emulate the pattern He established for us at creation: to live within a rhythm of work and rest. He set aside the Sabbath day for our bodies to be refreshed and renewed. The rest our bodies require reminds us that we need spiritual rest as well. And so the Sabbath is a time to remember our limits.

The Sabbath teaches us that we need God and the rest He freely provides in Jesus. It almost seems as though Jesus reserved many of His healing miracles for the Sabbath. And by healing physical maladies on the holy day of rest, He was showing that He had the power to heal the deeper malady of a sinful soul. 

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). He is the one who rested in the grave on the old covenant Sabbath—after He labored for our redemption, providing ultimate rest through His atoning death and resurrection. He ushered in a new creation, saying, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest… for your souls” (Matthew 11:28–29). And to those who attempted to pervert the meaning of the Sabbath day with legalistic rules and regulations, Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). 

Coming expectantly into the first day of the week, I often wake my sons up and ask them, “What day is it today?” One of them inevitably shouts from under his covers, “The best day of the week!” Our family worships at church and sets the whole day aside to rest. Together, we read Scripture, devotionals, or other spiritually edifying books, and allow time and space in our home for Christian fellowship. We may even take a much-needed nap. 

These are a few of the ways our family has learned to keep the Sabbath, setting aside a day to focus on worship, the Word, prayers, and fellowship. Whatever practices you can build into the rhythms of work and rest in your life, for the physical and spiritual refreshment of your body and soul, make them staples of your devotion to God on a weekly basis. He knows the benefit and blessing of rest, and that is why He asks us to keep the Sabbath.

Written by Nick Batzig

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80 thoughts on "Sabbath"

  1. Amy Hobbs says:

    Elisabeth – I recommend Seamless by Angie Smith. I did this one a few years ago with my husband. It takes you through the entire Bible at a high level. It was easy to understand and retain. Hope it helps!

  2. Cristi Caston says:

    Elisabeth Swan, I highly recommend trying The Marriage Journal by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff!

  3. Cristi Caston says:

    I highly recommend trying The Marriage Journal by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff!

  4. Elisabeth Swan says:

    I am working to rebuild my relationship with God and my husband is still searching. I’d like to start a weekly devotional with him so we could talk through some of our thoughts/ideas together. Can anyone recommend a weekly devotional for couples that caters to folks who are relatively new to the faith?

  5. Laura Beckom says:

    Amen. So good and so much truth.

  6. Allison says:

    I love reading comments for intentionally practicing a sabbath. I’ve often thought of it as just resting, so learning that it’s actually resting AND focusing on the Lord was good. I am now trying to wrap my head around what this looks like for a family with kids. Sports games or practices are often on Sundays. It might be simplest to look at a down day of the week and pick that. I am excited to start implementing this in our home.

  7. Colleen Politanski says:

    This was great

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