Though seemingly legalistic to Christians, Jewish sabbath rules have a deeper purpose than telling us to stop our work. To remember the sabbath and to keep it holy is to honor both creation itself and the Creator who saved the Jews from endless toil under Pharaoh. For Jews, sabbath is the gift of time God granted to a shackled people who did not own their own time.
—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)
When have you considered sabbath a gift rather than a commandment from God?
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Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy.
—Exodus 20:8 (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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