'By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.' - Genesis 2:2
The Disciple course has a series of thoughts on the Sabbath that are used in the second course. I have selected various of those to guide our thoughts on the Sabbath this week.
Disciple: God created the world and then declared Sabbath time, time set apart for rest. God rested; so we rest and celebrate the grandeur and mystery of creation. If you can, go outside and look around. Take the created world in through all your senses and remember you are a part of it. You belong to God your Creator.
We live in a world that flashes by us so fast, we rarely have time to stop and look. God suggests we stop and look at His Glory in creation.
Disciple: In our ceasing work for one day, we are free to see ourselves in the image of God, rather than define ourselves by what we produce and consume. We give up our need to compete, our drive toward efficiency, our striving to achieve. We accept God’s gift of rest, dignity, peace, freedom.
20 years ago, no shops or movies were open on a Sunday. It brings convenience to our lives now, but does it make them better?
How are we to understand Sabbath rest?