Jesus was a faithful—though rebellious—sabbath observer. When the sabbath arrived, he marked the day with many different kinds of practices, even amid disdain. He sought solitude, he taught, he healed, he advocated for the marginalized, and he admonished.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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Wanting to bring charges against Jesus, they asked, “Does the Law allow a person to heal on the Sabbath?” Jesus replied, “Who among you has a sheep that falls into a pit on the Sabbath and will not take hold of it and pull it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So the Law allows a person to do what is good on the Sabbath.”
—Matthew 12:10-12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me find freedom in the gift of sabbath. Guide me to build regular sabbath time into my life. Amen.
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