Some thoughts on Sabbath from Exodus 35:2-3

Moses assembles the people and reminds them of some important things, “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

When man works, he creates, controls and dominates. The Sabbath is a reminder that God is Creator, he is control and his will and wishes dominate.  The Sabbath is a living reminder to let go and let God have the reigns of the universe. It runs better when he has the reigns anyway. There is no need to worry, or sweat whatever it is that has caused us stress and tension. Sabbath is re-calibration to what and who is most important. In Exodus  35:3, “Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.” Resting is God’s way of putting his fire back into us. In the context of Exodus God is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. We need the Lord to light a fire in us, for after working six days we are often reduced to embers and resting allows us to be rekindled so may enter back into the world to be burned up for the good of the world.

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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