Seventh Day Rest
A good day of rest yesterday with the family, playing games, making homemade pizza, journaling and reading. In the moments of pause, stopping, and rest, and frankly, we all have a lot of those right now, we are declaring a new Eden, a place where the presence and glory of God dwells among us. It’s a revolt against the busyness of the world. This pattern of God coming in glory and dwelling with His people, on the seventh day, is strewn throughout the Biblical narrative.
Here is just one example. Moses goes to Mount Sinai and is with the Lord for six days, but on the seventh day the glory of the Lord appears like a devouring fire, and Moses enters in. The point is, and the hope is, that we don’t simply “rest” on the Sabbath, which could mean hours of Netflix (although I’ve done my fair share of that lately). The point of the Sabbath is to enjoy God, be in His presence, to worship. My place of worship lately has been on a kayak in the back bay in Newport Beach. For many of you, today is your day of rest. My encouragement is to enjoy God today, even and especially in times like these.
“Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.” Exodus 24:15-18