WEEK NINE: ADULTS, TEENS & TWEENS
NOVEMBER 11 - 15
Recommended 4th Grade to Adults
There are two main Hebrew words used for rest in the Bible. The first is shabbat, which gets partially translated into the English word, sabbath. This word for rest simply means to “stop working.” The other main Hebrew word for rest used in the Hebrew Scriptures is nuakh. This means to “dwell” or “settle.” It’s essentially about being restfully present.
In the Bible’s account of creation, God works for six days creating the world and rests on the seventh. After six days of bringing order to chaos, now it is time to shabbat from this work. Only a few verses later, we read that God creates humans and then immediately “rests them” or “settles them” with himself in the garden of Eden (nuakh). God leads by example as he rests from work (shabbat) and then dwells together (nuakh) with his people.
Watch the video on Sabbath Rest on this page.
What stuck out to you in the video?
READ & REFLECT
A regular, rhythmic time of rest is in the opening story of Scripture. Before humans turned away from God, before God established his partnership with the nation of Israel, a pattern of resting on the seventh day was established by God.
What has been your understanding of what is meant in the Bible when Sabbath is brought up?
God's rest in Genesis 2 is all about filling a sacred space with his divine presence and celebrating the beauty and abundance of creation. The Sabbath practice is a way for humans to remember God’s presence and his ideal purpose for creation.
What are some of the simple things you can celebrate or are grateful for?
There has been a lot of slowing down in 2020. How have you found yourself responding to this sometimes unwelcome slowdown of life?
To observe Sabbath is to rest from one’s work. But work is a good and productive thing throughout Scripture. So why would God command a Sabbath rest from work?
The first Sabbath observance takes place in the wilderness in a time of scarcity. God wants Israel to trust that he is their true source of provision and life instead of hoarding or trying to control. In what ways do you try to control things in your life or environment that are not in your control?
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FROM THE CLERGY
David Meginniss shares his commentary on this week's lesson.
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