Exodus 35:2: For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a Sabbath of complete rest to Yahweh.
As Pastor Sumpter pointed out, the instructions for building the tabernacle end with a Sabbath command and the narrative about building begins with a Sabbath command, before it goes on to describe the labor of Israel on the house of God.
In between the covenant is broken and renewed. The passage shows that the old covenant moves toward rest, while the new begins from rest. Israel’s Sabbath was the seventh day, but the Lord’s day is the first.
In the new covenant, the Lord’s day sets the pattern for our week of labor. That is, it ought to. Does it?
Do you work from a foundation of confidence in God’s gifts, or do you work as if it all depends on you and you’ll never catch up?
Do you go from the rest of the Lord’s day to resume a frantic pace, always on call, checking your phone every five minutes, busy, busy, busy? Do you even wait for church to end before you check your phone? Do your labor-saving devices make you busier? Do you find yourself doing three, five, eight things at once, none of them attentively?
The world around us is chaos and cacophony, but we are called to better things. The Christian week is a melody. Rest is the tonic, Eucharistic joy the key signature. When your work sings songs of Sabbath, you become a witness to the gift of rest that is in Jesus.
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 6:43 am
Permission is given to use material on this site, provided the source is cited, blog entries are republished in full, and the author is notified in advance.