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How’s your Sabbath working out?
A photographer was snapping pictures of first graders at an elementary school, making small talk to put his subjects at ease. “What are you going to be when you grow up?” he asked one little girl. “Tired,” she said. Isn’t that sad but true. It seems as we get older we get busier and busier… The tiredness seems to just come with the territory. God knew we would get weary so God implemented something called Sabbath.
SABBATH (שַׁבָּת, Shabbat). A day of complete rest from secular work following six days of labor. Established and modeled by God.
According to the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible: The word; Sabbath is a derivation of a Hebrew word which means “cease” or “desist.” The sabbath was a day (from Friday evening (sundown) until Saturday evening (sundown) in Jesus’ time) when all ordinary work stopped. The Scriptures relate that God gave his people the sabbath as an opportunity to serve him, and as a reminder of two great truths in the Bible—creation and redemption.
In Genesis 2:2, 3. God “ceased” his work in creation after six days and then “blessed” the seventh day and “declared it holy.”
Significantly, the second main strand of the Bible’s sabbath teaching—that of redemption—also features in a list of the Ten Commandments. The sabbath law (already noted in 20:8–11) reappears in Deuteronomy 5:12–15, but here a different reason is attached to its observance: “You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out thence with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm” (v 15). (God redeemed the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery)
The differences between these two accounts of the fourth commandment are important. The first (Ex 20) is addressed, through Israel, to all men as created beings. The second (Dt 5) is directed to Israel as God’s redeemed people. So the sabbath is God’s signpost, pointing not only to his goodness toward all men as their Creator, but also to his mercy toward his chosen people as their Redeemer.
Now you know a bit more about Sabbath… Do you keep a Sabbath Day? I’m not a good person to be asking… I have struggled for months to have a day off… fortunately, the Staff Parish Relations Team has asked me to begin taking a day off… (Good for them, I should have been doing it on my own.)
I have asked the KFUMC staff to make sure they take time to refresh and rejuvenate themselves… it’s better for us as individuals and for our relationship with others AND God. (Sorry, I haven’t been a good example.)
So, the staff at KFUMC will be taking Fridays as our Day off. We have a tendency to work on Sunday’s as a “work & worship day”.
Therefore the office and church will be closed on Fridays beginning September 3, 2021. Office hours will be approximately 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Please call us (KFUMC staff) after hours for emergencies only… (Call Pastor Kevin 309-525-3863 if you have an emergency.)
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
AND may your Sabbath(s) be refreshing for you, your family
and your relationship with God.
Pastor Kevin & Marlene