Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Rest of God - Mark Buchanan

I recently read "The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring the Sabbath" by Mark Buchanan – and would highly recommend it for anyone seeking to understand the heart of not only the biblical meaning of the “Sabbath” but the significance and implications for our everyday lives. Here is an excerpt from the end of the book.

Jesus’s Sabbath-keeping always looked, to his enemies, like Sabbath-breaking. That was one of the many ironies of their accusations against him; people who knew nothing of rest accused a man whose every word and gesture came from rest of Sabbath-breaking. Nevertheless, they hurled their accusations. . . .

“The Sabbath,” Jesus said, “was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).

And that, actually, is all we need to know to keep the Sabbath holy. This day was made for us. God gave it to you and me for our sake, for our benefit, for our strengthening and our replenishment. That is the point religion always forgets . . .

Religion did that to the Sabbath in Jesus’s day. What was meant to serve people ended up demanding tribute from them. . . .

It’s a day that God intended to fuss over us, not we over it. It was designed to protect us, pay tribute to us, coddle us, in all our created frailty and God-imprinted beauty and hard-won liberty, in our status and men and women whom God made in his own image and freed by his own hand and blood.

It’s a father’s gift to indulge his children.

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