The Gift of the Sabbath

Post by Pastor Dave     Mark 2:23 – 3:6


It’s the 3rd commandment – Exodus 20:8

Is it ok to pluck grain and heal hands on the Sabbath?

How about soccer practice?

Trips to the mall?

Cleaning the house?

Can I work on the Sabbath?

…cut my grass?

…wash my car?

…walk my dog?

The word “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew verb SHABBAT, which means “to cease.”  How are we doing with that? What are we ceasing to do on the Sabbath?

Or have we so cluttered the day with everything we don’t get done on the other days that there is no difference between the Sabbath and any other day of the week?

Luther said we are to “fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching or God’s word, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear and learn it.”  (Luther’s Small Catechism?  How are worship and the Sabbath connected?  Are they?

Certainly we are to look at the Sabbath as a God given gift.  But what kind of gift? How is it supposed to gift our lives?  And what can we do or not do to make it more of a gift?