Saturday, December 19, 2020

A Sabbath Education

 What does the Sabbath mean to you? Why is it special?

How did Lockdown change your interpretation or application of the Sabbath?
Are you glad for what you learned?

What does Jesus being “Lord of the Sabbath” mean to you?
How did Jesus challenge the interpretation or application of the Sabbath?
Matthew 12:1-13 – Grainfields
Luke 13:10-17 – Healing
If Jesus were here today, how would He challenge our Sabbath-keeping today?

How was this ‘challenging the way things are’ useful in the early church for Jesus’ followers?

How has the Lord of the Sabbath challenged you to be more outward focused on Sabbath?

What is Jesus-centred Sabbath-keeping?

Monday’s lesson says: “The Sabbath is a pivotal learning experience in Israel’s journey of rediscovery.” How does Sabbath aid us in a journey of rediscovery of our New-Normal? Manna fell daily to remind them that God was their provider. What was your Manna during Lockdown?

Read Isaiah 58:1-14 – What can we learn from this today?
What priorities are important here?
What is the difference between: 
the Sabbath as a feast with a blessing (Isaiah 58:13-14) 
The Sabbath as a fast without a blessing (Isaiah 58:2-5)

What does Isaiah 58:12 look like in 2020?
"Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live." (Isaiah 58:12 CSB)

Consider the following questions on each line of Isaiah 58:12:
What is this today?
What would success look like?
Who would be impacted? How?

Consider prayerfully: Are we some of this 'some'?

How do Sabbath and community go together?
Read Isaiah 56:3-8 – What is Sabbath meant to do to community?
Read Deuteronomy 5:12-14 – How deep and wide does the Sabbath blessing reach?

Who is the Sabbath truly for? (All of Creation!)

I want to be called “the repairer of broken walls and the restorer of streets where people live.” 
I’m sure you do too!

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