From Pastor Brady
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28.
Our job is to image God. That is why we were made. To worship Him and reflect Him. To do this we must know what God is like. And that, of course, is a complex answer.
God is a worker.
The book of Genesis presents God to us for the very first time: In the Beginning God. One of the very first things we see God doing is working. He created. And He planted a garden (Gen. 2:8). Then God made man and placed him in the garden to work (Gen. 2:15). God made a being that would make Him visible through work- tending and keeping the Garden of Eden.
God is a rester.
On the seventh day God rested. He blessed the seventh day and made it holy (separate, unique, special). Why did God rest? Was He tired? No. He rested because He was finished working. The work of creation was over.
Let’s pause and look at the timeline:
1) God worked- He created for 6 days (Gen. 1:1-31).
2) God rested- His creation work was complete (Gen. 2:2-3).
3) God worked- He planted a garden and placed man in it (Gen. 2:8).
Now one thing you notice when you read about the seventh day is that the book of Genesis doesn’t say “the evening and the morning were the seventh day.” It says that for the first six days, but not the seventh. Why?
Because God’s state of rest is continuous. It has no end.
What does this teach us? It teaches us that God is at work FROM a state of rest. He is not stressed out about anything He does, because it was all set in motion at Creation. Everything that He wants to happen will happen. It will all work out.
God gave us the Sabbath as a lesson and a gift. A reminder that God’s work is complete, even though it is ongoing. Sabbath calls us to live from rest. Not just to live for rest. Many of us work and work and work and can’t wait to get some rest. But what God wants is for us to rest and then go to work from a mindset of rest. Trusting that God has put in place everything you need. He has placed you in a Garden that is full of blessing. He has empowered you to work from His rest and to rest from your work.
God’s command to Sabbath is also an invitation. Come take a break. You are not God. So stop running around this life as if what you do will save the world. You are invited to share in God’s character, His rest. To worship Him through rest. To say “It is very good,” as God did when He finished creating. You are the pinnacle of God’s creative work. You are Mr. Holland’s Opus. Do you remember that heartwarming final scene when all of Mr. Holland’s symphony is complete and everyone celebrates Him by celebrating His work? At the same time those students (his creations) are simultaneously working and resting.
So celebrate. Celebrate rest. Celebrate work. Celebrate freedom (more on that soon).