Choosing Sabbath

Nehemiah 13:19–22, Isaiah 56:4–7, Mark 2:27–28, Hebrews 4:9–11

We really are bad at taking a . Even in the “good old days” aurants would be filled on Sundays with people leaving church and eating. So now we have memes that say, “consciously choog to slow down and is a revolutionary act of self-care.”

Obviously, this is not a new thing. Nehemiah “defended” the by force of arms. Imagine armed guards walking around making sure you ed. It sounds a little strange. Nehemiah understood that the first step to prevent violation of the was removing …the merchants.

always wanted the to be followed. So much so that the became a doorway into a with for those where were previously excluded from the …eunuchs and foreigners. In many ways, right observance of the overrode the other “ritually clean” and “ exclusionary” practices.

observance was never about the rules, says Jesus, it was for us. Yet, we don’t seem to really get it. One of the biggest pieces of the is not , or at least not in the way we think of it. The writer of Hebrews s us the in that really helps us understand the . The author of Hebrews tries to get us to the point that we understand that full/true is when we within the embrace and presence of and are fully present.

1) On Sunday, the “standard” Christian , we often are still busy. Are you finding your withing the embrace and presence of , and are fully present with ?

2) What ways do you fill your Sundays (or day, if not Sunday) with activities? Are they ful in , or are they mere ful for your body, or are they even ful?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.