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Sabbath: Cease...to Worship

Sabbath: Cease...to Worship

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Published by F. Remy Diederich
God predicted our cultural frenzy. Our lives are like runaway trains. We do more and more, faster and faster. It's unsustainable. We are breaking down. But God made provision for it. He gave us the cure before the disease. God gifted us with 24 free hours every week to decompress and refocus our lives on what's really important. This series could change your life...and you may need it.
God predicted our cultural frenzy. Our lives are like runaway trains. We do more and more, faster and faster. It's unsustainable. We are breaking down. But God made provision for it. He gave us the cure before the disease. God gifted us with 24 free hours every week to decompress and refocus our lives on what's really important. This series could change your life...and you may need it.

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By Remy DiederichCedarbrook Church
 
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This is a three part series:
 
Part One:
Cease to Worship
 
 
Part Two:
Silencing the Taskmaster 
’ 
s Voice
 
 
Part Three:
Our Spiritual Identity
The Sabbath
Part One:
Cease to Worship
 Text; Genesis 1:31 - 2:3
Outline:
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Progress always leads to profusion which always challenges our priorities.2.
 
God's response to creation:
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He ceased I(not rested)
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He appreciated (saw) and enjoyed the work.
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He created an extra day for humans to do the same.3.
 
God gave us Sabbath:
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to give us permission to stop and enjoy what he's given us.
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to give us the ability to focus on God and his goodness to us.
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to be fully present without distractions of work.4.
 
Sabbath is so important it became one of the Ten Commandments
I wonder how many of us would admit that we struggle with stress? I’m pretty sure most of us
wrestle with some kind of stress in our lives.You may not know this but Menomonie has its very own internationally known expert on stress
who lives just across town. His name is Dr. Richard Swenson. Maybe you’ve read one of his
books; Margin, The Overload Syndrome, Hurtling Toward Oblivion and his most recent one; InSearch of Balance.For the past twenty years Dr. Swenson has dedicated himself to the study of progress andtechnology and the impact they have on us as a society and as individuals. In his book, In Searchof Balance, he says that we live in a time of rapid progress. In other words, the world isadvancing in many areas. And he said that progress always leads to profusion, i.e. themultiplying of options.
For example, as the television has progressed we’ve gone from four channels to now hundreds of 
channels. Or another example is that when I was a kid I had just a few extra curricular activitiesto choose from at school but now there are probably a hundred different options. Or, when theiPhone first came out it had just a few applications but now there are hundreds of thousands of applications.
Progress always leads to profusion. And if you aren’t prepared to deal with it you’ll experience
stress. That is, you have so many options that you end up doing too much. You watch too much
 
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TV. Your child gets involved in too many activities. You spend too much time staring at youriphone. And you end of sacrificing the things that are most important to you over thesemeaningless things. In other words, progress leads to profusion which in turn can undermineyour priorities.
Here’s an example in my own life. Progress brought us the computer. Profusion brought us all
kinds of computers, including the laptop...which is great because I basically have a mobile officeand I can work anywhere at any time. But that means that I tend to work everywhere, all the
time. That’s not good. You see, when I’m not careful, progress ultimately undermines my
priorities.I mention all this because from the beginning of time God had a plan to help us keep ourpriorities sacred. He had
a plan to protect us from the onslaught of progress and profusion. God’s
plan was to build into our week a time to unplug, unwind and redirect our focus to things that
matter the most. It’s called the Sabbath.
 
I don’t know what comes to mind when you hear 
 
the word “Sabbath”. When I was a kid peopleoften referred to Sunday as the Sabbath. I haven’t hear it used that way for a long time.
 But back then our society, as a whole, took the Sabbath so seriously that it was against the law tooperate a business
on Sunday. You couldn’t even buy gas on Sunday so you had to plan your 
travel carefully. So maybe some of you associate the Sabbath with strict rules about what you
can’t do. But I’d imagine that many of you are so young that word has no meaning at all.
 
Over the next few weeks I want to look at the concept of Sabbath. As I’ve studied the Bible over the past few years I’ve been surprised at how much it talks about Sabbath. I realized that as a
young believer I was trained to ignore what the Bible says about Sabbath.
People told me that the Sabbath was an Old Testament rule that didn’t matter today. So when Icame to anything about the Sabbath I pretty much just skipped over it. But over the years I’ve
taken a second look at what the Bible says about Sabb
ath And it’s like I discovered a treasure
full of insight to help me worship God.So I want to invite you to join me over the next few weeks to see how we might be blessed bythis idea of Sabbath.We learn about Sabbath in the very beginning of the Bible. Turn to Genesis one. God gave us an
example to follow and later on, a command. First, let’s look at the example.
God creates the world in six days and then it says...
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and therewas morning--the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
Genesis 1:31, 2:1By the seventh day (shaba) God had completed the work he had been doing; so on the seventhday he rested (shabath) from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3

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