Sunday, August 25, 2013

More of "24/6" by Matthew Sleeth, M.D.

"Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest..."
Isaiah 56:2 

When I was teaching high school Sunday School in Oregon years ago, I was honored to have a class of very gifted students.  One young man dreamed of becoming a navy seal, and he became one.  Another one was a young man who was being raised by his sweet grandmother on social security.  While playing on the varsity baseball team, his name was often in the paper as a star athlete. However, one Sunday I was surprised to see him.  I knew his team was in an out of town weekend tournament. This fine Christian young man made a choice few others would have.  He chose to put God first in his life regardless of the consequences to his athletic career.  That was a humbling Sunday lesson for me to teach to one who was facing discipline for keeping the Sabbath.  Last I heard, God has continued to lead and bless his life.

"The word 'holy' first occurs in the second chapter of Genesis.  The seventh day is blessed as holy because the Lord stopped and rested."  "The three R's of Sabbath: rest, renewal, and reverence."
"Sabbath keeping is nothing less than grabbing onto the robe of the Maker of the Universe.  As you approach the Sabbath, a measure of awe is in order."  "It is a part of heaven and a glimpse of God."  "Sabbath is like a redeemed holiday (holy day) fifty-two times a year.  It is a time to rejoice and celebrate."  "24/6 is not about working hard and playing hard.  It is about working hard and stopping."  Sabbath is a time to transition from human doings to human beings.

"Be still, and know that I am God."
"Keep the Sabbath day holy.
Don't pursue your own interests  on that day
but enjoy the Sabbath
and speak of it with delight as the Lord's holy day.
Honor the Sabbath in every thing you do on that day,
and don't follow your own desires or talk idly."
Isaiah 58:13
"I gave them my Sabbath days of rest as a sign between them and me.  It was to remind them that I am the Lord, who had set them apart to be holy."
Ezekiel 20:12
"Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it rests in Thee."
Augustine of Hippo
"A world without a Sabbath is like a man without a smile,
like summer without flowers,
like a homestead without a garden.
It is the joyous day of the week."
Henry Ward Beecher
"The streams of religion run deep or shallow,
according as the banks of the Sabbath are kept up or neglected."
Matthew Henry
"The spiritual rest, God particularly intends in this Commandment,
is this: that we not only cease from our labor and trade,
but much more, that we let God alone work in us
and that we do nothing of our own with all our powers."
Martin Luther
"Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul hath no Sunday,
it becomes an orphan."
Albert Schweitzer


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