The Importance of Rest & Keeping the

Sabbath Day Holy

How important is the Sabbath?

Letís review Heavenly Fatherís efforts to get us to keep the Sabbath.

1. He modeled the importance of the Sabbath in His own work of creating the Heavens and the Earth.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (Genesis 2:2-3) Bless and sanctify means to consecrate or set apart as holy or perfectly excellent.

2. He made it one of the Ten Commandments.

Remember (fill your mind again and again with) the Sabbath day to sanctify it (just as God had done during the creation). Six days shall you work and accomplish all your work; but the seventh day is Sabbath to the Lord, your God: you shall not do any work Ė you, your son, your daughter, your servant, your animal, and the stranger within your gates Ė for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it (regarded it as sacred or holy). (Exodus 20: 8-11)

God emphasizes He modeled keeping the Sabbath day holy from the very beginning, and quite clearly includes everyone.)

3. He gave us, and continues to give us, urgent reminders (Over 120 are in the Bible alone) Remember the manna which God gave the Israelites to eat in the desert? Not on the Sabbath! He gave twice as much the day before so they could eat on the Sabbath without gathering.

4. He uses the word Keep when referring to the Sabbath. The strongest part of a castle was called the keep. If all other walls and fortifications were breached, the keep was built to stand. The Sabbath is meant to be kept.

The importance of work/rest cycles
  1. Land that is continually worked and not given rest (laid fallow) or replenished stops being fertile.

  2. The act of breathing is an in (gather) and out (release) cycle.

  3. The heart if it did not rest between each beat would stop.

  4. Music without spaces of rests and silence would become only noise.

  5. If you exercised, but never rested, you would grow weaker and weaker, because it is actually during the rest times that your body re-builds itself to more and more strength and vitality.

  6. If crops like beets or carrots were not thinned as they grew, they would choke each other out of life and none of it would grow right.

  7. If you worked and did all the worldly things every day and didnít refresh your spirit on the Sabbath, you would be mere mortal, and your spirit would die.

Learning/Teaching Story

Satan decided he had to get serious about getting people off track from striving toward the glory of God's kingdom. Gathering around him the smartest, most evil consultants he could find, he asked them for suggestions.

The first consultant suggested, Tell them there is no God.

The second said, Tell them there are no consequences to their actions.

The third recommended, Tell them they have strayed so far from the right

path they will never be able to change.

Satan agreed that those strategies were usually quite effective and should be used as often as possible, but he had an even more powerful weapon: Simply tell people there is plenty of time.


Realize the Value of Time

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed his final exam.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask the mother of a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask a person on a one-week vacation.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a day laborer who has children to feed.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask a couple waiting for the wedding ceremony.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed a train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who survived an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask a silver medal winner.

To realize the value of a SABBATH, ask the Lord.

Make of your time a beautiful cathedral.

Time is what life is made of, so instead of using stones and cement, use time itself to create a personal, beautiful and inspirational Cathedral of Time.  As you enter it, you will enjoy the peace and exaltation experienced by truly recognizing your eternal and spiritual reality of truly being a beloved son or daughter of Heavenly Father. Put away worldly cares and pressures during this special day. Do those things that bring eternal blessings to yourself and others. Keep a peace and stillness in your mind and body that allows you to be fully receptive to the Holy Spirit.  When you resume your worldly burdens and responsibilities during the other six days, you will do so with greater ease and your power to accomplish what is needed will be multiplied. By keeping the Sabbath day holy, you will make the rest of your week excellent!