“The God of Sabbath Rest” – Pastor Hal Murry – 7/23/17

Sermon Outline:  "The God of Sabbath Rest"

  1. "Sabbath day" -- "sacred time" that's hard to keep
  2. Following "Sabbath" through the Scriptures
  3. "SO THAT..."
  4. The "normalcy" of civilization vs. God's "enoughism"

Following "Sabbath" through the Scriptures:  Sabbath Day (every 7th day)

The heavens and the earth and all who live in them were completed.  On the six day God completed all the work that he had done, and on the seventh day God rested from all the work that he had done.  God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work of creation.  (Genesis 2:1-3)

 Do your work in six days.  But on the seventh day you should rest SO THAT your ox and donkey may rest, and even the child of your female slave and the immigrant may be refreshed.  (Exodus 23:12)

 Jesus said, "The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren't created for the Sabbath." (Mark 3:28)

 Sabbath Year (every 7th year):  slaves freed, debts liquidated, land rested

 If any of your fellow Hebrews, male or female, sell themselves into your service, they can work for you for six years, but in the seventh year you must set them free from your service.  Furthermore when you set them free from your service, you must not let them go empty-handed.  Instead, provide for them fully from your flock, food, and wine.  You must give to them from that with which the Lord your God has blessed you.  remember how each of you were slave in Egypt and how the Lord your God saved you.  (Deuteronomy 15:12-15)

 Every seventh year you must cancel all debts.  This is how the cancellation is to be handled:  Creditors will forgive the loans of their fellow Israelites.  They won't demand repayment from their neighbors or their relatives because the Lord's year of debt cancellation has been announced...whatever is owed you from your fellow Israelites you must forgive.  (Deuteronomy 15:1-3)

 For six years you should plant crops on your land and gather its produce.  But in the seventh year you should leave it alone and undisturbed so that the poor among your people may eat.  What they leave behind, the wild animals may eat.  You should do the same with your vineyard and your olive trees.  (Exodus 23:10-11)

 Sabbath Jubilee (every 50th year):  slaves must be freed (Leviticus 25:35-55); land must be restored to its original owners (Leviticus 25:14-16, 23-34).

 The land must not be permanently sold because the land is mine.  You are just immigrants and foreign guests of mine. (Leviticus 25:23)

Posted in 2017 Sermon Series.