God, Part 2 | Wk 5: “A New Rest”
Pastor Lori Green | 03.01.2020
Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3
- Chapters 1-2 Genealogy and Birth Story
- Chapters 3-4 Water -> Wilderness (Testing)
- Chapters 5-7 Sermon on the Mount
- Chapters 8-9 Performing Signs and Wonders
- Chapter 10 Jesus calls-equips-sends the 12
- Chapters 11-12 The Controversy Begins
Matthew 11:28- 12:8 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
At about that time Jesus was walking through some grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the LAW by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”
“Sabat” = to rest or to cease from work
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
You can choose His light yoke of Sabbath rest or you can choose to be a slave to sin and death, but you have to be liberated from one to have the other.
The real problem we have experiencing Sabbath rest is not about how we schedule our time- it’s about how much we actually trust God.
Sabbath is a reminder of our humanity and of how much God actually loves us.
The point of the Sabbath is to remember the thing that we lost in the Garden of Eden- our perfect fellowship with God.
The point of the Sabbath is to remember and celebrate that through Jesus, that the thing that was once lost… is no longer lost.
We know how to pray, how to be still, how to do nothing. Sabbath people know that ‘our time’ is really God’s time and we are invited to live in it. We are living our eternity now- this Tuesday, Wednesday, this Saturday and Sunday. – Donna Schaper