Monday, March 26, 2012

The Sabbath in the New Testament

Previous Posts:  The Sabbath Part 1 and Old Testament Sabbath Thoughts

What can we learn from the New Testament about the Sabbath?

First, while Jesus didn't tell anyone to stop taking a Sabbath, he demonstrated that he wasn't bound to the Sabbath in a legalistic way.  This is evidenced in multiple healings that occurred on the Sabbath (Luke 6, 13 and 14).

We learn two important truths in Matthew 12, Mark 2-3 and Luke 6 (parallel passages all telling the same story):
1) Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.
2) The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Based on those truths, here's where I come out on the Sabbath:
a) You don't need to take one.  You really don't.
b) On the other hand, God gave the Sabbath as a gift and sign to the Israelites.  I think I can accurately say that it was counter-cultural back in their day.  Today?  Not required, but very opposite the current culture of more-faster-fuller.
c) Based on personal experience, the weekly Sabbath my family takes is a huge blessing to my life and ministry.  They keep my wife "on board" with ministry, even during busy seasons.  They provide a weekly break that allows me to re-focus on what's truly important.
d) But you don't need to take one. (Did I say that already?)  The Sabbath is no longer a rule or requirement, it was made for us.
e) Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, much like every other day of the week.  Whatever day of the week it is, you should live it with him.

So there is the ramble, any thoughts from you?

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