"And He said to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.'"
Mark 2:27-28
The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to rest.” Defined as a 24-hour period, it’s a time to cease our orientation around work and reorient our lives around God. Sabbath is not ultimately about unplugging or checking out, but about plugging into God, being renewed by Him as we cease from our labors and learn to delight in Him.

God forms us as disciples as we walk in trust and obedience, imitating His rhythm of work and rest (Genesis 2). In resting, we acknowledge our dependence on God for all we have. He forms us as witnesses to the world as we model the reality of a coming Kingdom.


Going Deeper

Further Reading on the Practice
Sabbath: The Ancient Practices
by Dan Allender

Sabbath is often seen as a day of forced quiet, spiritual exercises, and religious devotion rather than one of delight for body and soul. Allender explores God’s original intent, painting Sabbath as celebration of God’s re-creative, redemptive love.

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The Trellis Audiobook
The Trellis is available in audiobook format online for those that want to listen on-the-go.

While many of us have grown up with Sabbath knowledge, we’ve not always known how to practice Sabbath-keeping. Listen in to learn more.