Medicine for a Restless Life
Genesis 1:31-2:3 Ex. 20:8-11; Deut. 5:15; Matt 11:28-30
INTRO: Young Life video of guy walking into wall.
SLIDES of busy life and a dog's life. We are an increasingly busy and stressed society. See the doctor for stress, anxiety, increased blood pressure. Often they say, ''Slow down.'' You might think, ''Is there a pill for that?''
Q: What is the medicine for a restless life?
Read Genesis 1:31-2:3 and Exodus 20:8-11
Why Should We Take A Day for Rest?
Created with need for Rest. God built it into creation-into the rhythm of life.
- Physical Rest. Did God need rest? No, but by example he is showing that creation does. Notice the 4th Commandment makes it clear that people should stop their working, and they should not keep their animals working with hired help. Everything-people, animals, and land-needs rest. A day of rest is a reminder that God does not value people according to their ability to produce. We have worth apart from what we produce. We have intrinsic value because we are made in God's image. We are not machines. Unless we stop to rest we will forget that.
- Spiritual Rest. This is a deeper rest that helps us realize that we don't have to work to gain God's love. He has already given us his love. And we need to stop to remember that. It requires that we trust him and rest in his love. Lev 23:3 - There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the LORD. The day is set apart to gather and rejoice in God's work not ours. Unless we rest from our labor it is difficult to stop and see God's work done for us.
Commanded to Rest and Worship (Dt. 5:15)
The commandments are given after God redeems and frees his people from slavery in Egypt. He has demonstrated his love to them already. The commandments were never given as a list of what you have to do to make God love y ...
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