Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sabbath: A Wrap Up

It's time to temporarily wrap-up my recent posts on the Sabbath.

Here is a quick recap: The Sabbath - What is it?, What makes a Sabbath?, The Sabbath in the New Testament

Sometime in the future I'd like to roll all of those (plus more) into one longer article.  In the meantime, here are a handful of resources on the Sabbath, work, and rest if you want to study more on the subject.
Blessings to you as you pursue a Biblical Sabbath rest.


  1. Hey Pheaney,

    I thought I'd check in with your blog and was pleasantly surprised to find that you have written a series on the Sabbath. I feel like as I grew up in the church, this is a topic on which my Christian teachers were not clear. This is something I have thought about in the past couple of years when one of the ministers in my Morton church told me some of the best advice he'd ever heard in medicine was, "Take Sunday off; if you can't do it in 6, you can't do it in 7."

    He suggested I not study on Sundays, which was a bit startling because one particular other mentor urged me to study on Sundays. I decided that I would obey his advice for a time, and now I've enjoyed the blessing of a 7th day of rest for about 3 years. It is a true blessing. So much of the spiritual training I would love to read up on and dedicate more time to during the week can be caught up on Sunday. A day full of fellowship with the Lord makes every 7th day sweeter and sweeter.

    This past Christmas I received a kindle, which gave me access to THE PERPETUITY AND CHANGE OF THE SABBATH by Jonathan Edwards. I think this is an excellent 100-page pamphlet expositing how Jesus observed the Sabbath. I found it to be dense and intense, as I always find Edwards to be. Some takeaway impression on the Sabbath I had after finishing the book:

    Isn't it strange that Christians observe the other 9 of the 10 commandments so uniformly, but are all over the place on observance of the Lord's day.

    Jesus promoted works of mercy on the Sabbath.

    Edwards himself supported "a strict observance of the Sabbath" each Sunday, from what I remember. I certainly believe it to be an error to think that Sabbath observance is no longer applicable to Christians today. I don't believe Christ ever said anything like that, and I think he reaffirmed the Sabbath in Matthew 5:17-20. However, I believe Edwards put it very well that Sunday is the proper day for the Sabbath for the church. This was an interesting argument that I had never heard, and the read was worth it just for that.

    Rejoicing with you and the new life in your family,

    1. Great thoughts Grant. I'll definitely add that Edwards work to my reading list on the subject. I, too, have found a weekly Sabbath to be a huge blessing to me and my family.

      Blessings to you and hope we can meet sometime in the future!