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Keep the Sabbath

God has a prescription for our frantic busyness: true rest in Jesus that leads to Sabbath joy.


Today we'll be looking mainly at Deuteronomy chapter 5, and we're reading verses 12 through 15. Hear the Word of the Lord:

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

I've been reading in various newspapers how sleep deprivation has reached something of epic proportions. Apparently, we're very far behind in the amount of hours that we get these days. Martin Lloyd Jones was once addressing a group of medical students on the importance of having a regular—daily—quiet time with God. He waxed lyrical on this matter, but one or two in his audience of medical students felt that he didn't quite understand their predicament in terms of how busy they were, even though Jones himself had been trained as a doctor. Jones said, "I make one exception to this rule—the rule of daily devotional time in prayer and Bible study—and that is for mothers of young children."

The way we use our time tells us where our real priorities lie. Time is not given to each of us in limitless supply. We only have a certain amount of time in each day, and ...

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Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton.

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I. Understanding the purpose of the Law

II. Depending on God

III. Working hard without workaholism

IV. Finding true rest in Christ

V. Serving others on the Sabbath