Summertime, Summertime

Recently, I have been working on an upcoming sermon dealing with Christ’s views of the Sabbath.

Traditionally in Judaism, the seventh day of the week (Saturday) was a day of rest. There was some debate, however, about the rules governing how strictly the Sabbath was to be observed. Jesus bent these rules himself, healing the sick and disabled on the Sabbath. As he famously observed, “The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

But while that is certainly the right perspective, it’s worth noting that because the Sabbath was a gift of God to human beings, we can expect observance of the tradition to be valuable. This is especially true in our modern society, as Sundays become increasingly commercialized and they seem more and more like the other six days of the week.

Today, we need to make an effort to get moments of rest and re-creation. As summer winds down, now may be a good time to plan our own personal sabbaths. After all, the Sabbath was made for us. —J. Douglas Ousley


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One Response to “Summertime, Summertime”

  1. Nicole G. says:

    Missing Incarnation sermons and regulars here from Cali.

    Wonderful blog post! Thank you. Studying for the Bar exam meant I really did study myself into Lenox Hill emergency and hospital for @3 days, leaving my Godmother who lived (as still lives) in Brooklyn to check me out and drive me back to my apartment.

    As written, “…make an effort to get moments of rest…” and for me, make that moment NO MATTER WHAT!

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