Enjoying a Personal Sabbath Rest (33 of 35) by John Barnett

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Enjoying a Personal Sabbath Rest (33 of 35)
Series: Delights of a Word-Filled Marriage
John Barnett
Mark 2:23-28

Enjoying a Personal Sabbath Rest

Can you imagine how exasperating it was to camp in tents for 40 years, and to camp in the Wilderness of Sinai 3,500 years ago, and to camp living around perhaps as many as three million plus Israelite also living in tents?

Just to feed three million people would take 1300 rail road box cars of food each day, or a daily train 9 1/2 miles long! Can you imagine the deafening buzz of all those people talking, walking, bartering, gathering, cooking, cleaning and caring for their campsites?

But on the Sabbath all the sounds and din of worldly toil would cease. And for one day they were given the opportunity to listen and hear the still small voice of God. The dust of all those feet rushing in every direction subsided so that a clear view of the heavenly horizons could come into view.

God taught them to set one day aside in seven for worship so that all the nations around them would see that they were a God-Seeking People. This was demonstrated by the sacrifices they had to make to worship God (both schedule and livestock). As F. B. Meyer, the devotional writing Baptist Pastor from England in the 19th Century said [1], "No nation can allow a permanent invasion of the Rest-Day without invalidating its claim to be a God-Honoring people". God made it clear that He claims the thoughts and time of His people by a weekly pause.

Now think of Jesus who lived the perfect life, accomplished more than any human ever did, and yet Jesus was never in a HURRY! He was Purposed but never PUSHED. He was focused but never Frantic. He was Resolved but never rushed!

This morning we return to Mark 2:27-28 as we are look at the essential Biblical Teaching on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man and Jesus clearly sets the tone for the controversies of the day and speaks to us to this day on the Sabbath. Please stand with m ...

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