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I hope that this isn't a negative comment about the Sabbath, but I do think that we believers get hung up about attending long services at least twice a day on Sundays, with the result that we don't actually feel physically refreshed and rested, as we've had to rush our meals in between church services and had little time to just rest from all the week's activities. Yes, I realise the other side is that we feel the benefit of spending time in fellowship with other believers, worshipping the Lord and receiving teaching from the Word. But how do we get the balance right? I've struggled with this one for a long time. There are times when I feel so tired that all I want to do is rest and spend time quietly with the Lord on my own - go for a relaxing walk in the country or by the sea, where I can connect with God's creation and talk with Him in such a lovely environment. I find that I can only really do this if I attend only one service on a Sunday, instead of the two my church arrange. But am I being disloyal to my church? Margaret

In response to Margaret, I think occasionally spending time alone with God rather than attending church is the right thing to do! I do not think it is "being disloyal" to your church. Pray about it, see if the desire to do so is coming from Him. I do think that going to church just to go to church is wrong. We should never go to church out of obligation, but rather out of a heart that longs to be worshipping God alongside other believers.

Mike, you asked if resting one day out of seven would bless the other six and it reminded me of Truitt Cathy the founder of Chickfila. He made the very controversial decision to close on Sundays and his business keeps growing and growing while other fast food franchises struggle to make a profit. I am not saying that if you observe the Sabbath that you will reap financial rewards, I am just saying that this is one example of a man who put God before what seemed to make sense in business and he has been rewarded.

  Psalm 27:8 My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me."
       And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming."

Between the intimate conversations that God & Moses have and this beautiful verse that David wrote, I am reminded that God delights in talking with me! How often am I really rejoicing in the fact as I spend time with Him? How often do I listen instead of just talk? I don't expect an audible voice, but I know that when I am expecting God and humble (or desperate!) that He can speak right to my heart with clarity.

In response to Margaret...... funny you should bring this up. I have been feeling the same way. Tired from having things to do everyday of the week, including church. I think that I have found a solution. : )

There is a church in my area that offers service on Saturday evenings! I love this. I just started going last week, and it was such a wonderful thing to have a whole day to rest on Sunday!

I believe in taking the Sabbath. My church has a service Saturday nights and two Sunday mornings. I usually go to the Saturday night service and spend time with other believers in fellowship. Then on Sunday I rest, spend time with the Lord, spend time with my family, and time for myself. A day of rejuvenation. Resting one day(doesn't matter what day as long as it is one day) out of seven does mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually bless the other six.

God Bless,

BJ

A Sabbath rest is great if you are not killing yourself to achieve that rest. The sweet Psalmist of Israel wrote, “I was glad when they said unto me let us go up to the house of the Lord.” From the look on most of our faces there is not joy much less gladness as we head off to church. To have a Sabbath rest or no Sabbath rest it is all about your motivation. Are you resting ‘cause it’s the cultural of your community, family or church, or is this a “resting” to actually spend time with the Lord to honor Him, to hear from Him, to enjoy His Presence in your life?

Exodus 15:19-17:7
What has arrested my attention on this read is the seesaw nature of the people’s devotion to God. Even though they personally witnessed the opening of the Red Sea, actually walking on dry ground, and what gad been provided for their deliverance took out their enemy, yet, yet, yet they turned on God when things got tight for them. Instead of crying out to God they complained to Moses and even accused him of taking them out to the dessert to kill them. They longed for their slavery, they longed for the familiar even if it was brutal, degrading and humiliating. At each and every complaint, God gave them an answer and met their needs each and every time, but they quickly forgot when they were put to the test. Their behavior earned them a test on the exam.

The “Manna” or the “What is it?” reminded me of part of what is known as the Lord’s Prayer, the part that says, “Give us this day our daily bread…” God was letting them know that He would meet them at their greatest need and not to worry about tomorrow because He was their source, not their slave masters in Egypt, not their own skill and cunning He, their creator, was their great I Am. God was showing them and us that what ever you need, I Am.

Observing Israel’s behavior, observing God’s response, as well as Moses and Aaron’s intermediation between the two in my mind’s eye, has caused me to think where am I in this mix. I’m aware I am not God or godly so either I’m repeating over and over again Israel’s behavior, which ain’t good or I’m kind of on the Moses and Aaron side, which I also know I’m not on, so I guess I’m a Israel, no this is not a guess it is a I know I am.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 but when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Matthew 2:1-33

Posses are interesting. Who and what they are composed of tells so much about the motives of the parts that make up the whole. When people who hate each other conspire to take out someone who is not part of either one’s group their intentions are not to acquire information much less imparting any benevolent gifts. The question asked of Jesus by the Sad-to-cees regarding Resurrection, elicits a wonderful truth in Jesus’ response.

29 …Your problem is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God. 30 For when the dead rise, they won't be married. They will be like the angels in heaven.

The whole purpose for Reading through the Bible is to learn about God and to know Him just not to know about Him. If religious leaders had no knowledge of God nor His power, then us laymen must be diligent in not following their example of ignorance while listening to their guidance about the things of God.
Psalm 26:1-6
My hearts cry is the fourth verse of this Psalm, 4 The one thing I ask of the LORD--the thing I seek most-- is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple.

This verse is the antidote for a wavering belief; this verse was the problem solver for Israel in the dessert it was their antidote for their grumbling, complaining and anger at God which they took out on Moses, displaced anger.

Proverbs 6:20-26

21 Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. 22 Wherever you walk, their counsel can lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up in the morning, they will advise you.

This passage is not about writing little bits of scripture and placing them in amulets or making pieces of jewelry and wearing them close to the body. This is about getting so much of the Word inside of your spirit that there is no need to think about what the Word says or what would Jesus do. This is the imbibing of the Word until the very words themselves become a part of you. After all we are what we eat. Back to the “Manna,” the “What is it?” which was foretaste of what was to come, Christ the true Bread of Life.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Perhaps we should combine the old and new. I see Sunday as a day of creation and I do this through the services of my church. It is the first day of the week - a day to work with and for God. Now Saturday is my day of rest.

The topic of Sabbath-rest is certainly an intricate and fascinating one, I’ve enjoyed reading about it in the Bible and the insights posted on this site. A few weeks ago we were studying this in my Sunday school class, because we’re doing a study on Hebrews and this is a major topic of Hebrews, Chapter 4. I’d recommend reading/ meditating on that passage… I don’t think you can figure it out right away by just glancing at that passage (in fact, I know I don’t understand it completely and I’ve read it several times).

However, Hebrews 4 does bring to light the idea that yes, the Sabbath-rest is still for Christians, and it’s meaning is one of a very deep nature. It’s the eternal rest we have in Christ, through faith and belief (another main theme of that passage). In a spiritual sense, we have the Sabbath-rest starting from the time we become Christians, the time we put to rest our ambitions and rest upon His sacrifice for us and His promises. Yet a complete Sabbath-rest is still to come, in heaven (if I am reading this correctly).

Hebrews 4:9 (AMP)—“So then, there is still awaiting a full and complete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God.”

Through faith, we have this incredible peace and eternal rest. How amazing! This concept runs throughout Scripture… I don’t think I even begin to understand it. It’s one of the mysteries of God that simply indicates a presence of too much meaning for us to comprehend… yet I love to gradually learn more and more! Thanks to all who have previously posted on the topic!

In Christ,
Nikki

I have been terrible about taking a day of rest for myself each week. I always feel the need to get things done, get caught up, work out, and then if there is time, relax! Every day I try to spend time with God reading the Bible, but I think a day of rest is necessary just to refuel and replenish! This may be something I need to commit to in this next year.

I think the Sabbath extends beyond one day a week. I believe it's a reminder to us, to take a break from our earthly lives everyday to spend time with God, resting and meditating on how God has worked in our lives.

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