Matthew 12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
The Hebrew root word for Sabbath literally means to take rest, to sit down, to sit still. It means to cease exerting yourself and cause to celebrate instead. And Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. In Deuteronomy 5:14 we read, “but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God.” It’s not just a Sabbath FROM work. It’s a Sabbath TO the Lord. We are not just resting from the daily grind but we are resting towards our God. Leaning in to Him. Resting in Him. It goes on to say in that same verse, “so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.” In other words, when we rest, it allows others around us to rest as well.
The Sabbath was created by God for us as we read in Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” So, God had a purpose for creating the Sabbath. It wasn’t just a left over day. It’s not just a do nothing day at the end of the week. To really enter in to the Sabbath, we must be intentional about it. It’s so important to God that He made it one of the ten commandments. We are commanded to observe the Sabbath. How important is the Sabbath to you? Do you make it a priority? We just read in Matthew 11 the promise of Jesus to us all, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We are commanded to rest and we are promised rest. So why are we so tired and worn out all the time? Give it some thought next time you take a Sabbath to the Lord.
Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”