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Episode 040: The rhythm of rest through Sabbath

In this episode, Sabrina and I continue the series on the rhythms of transition by talking about the rhythm of rest through Sabbath. 

Other episodes mentioned:

Episode 010 & 011 “The Sabbath Practice” 

Resources Mentioned:

Sabbath sermon series Jeff did at Element Church called “Sabbath: More than a Jewish practice” 

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Take The Day Off by Robert Morris

Sabbath Resistance by Walter Bruggeman

Subversive Sabbath by AJ Swoboda

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Exploring the 4 practices of a Biblical Sabbath” e-book

The foundation of the Sabbath: It’s part of the rhythm of creation, a weekly gift from God where we get to stop all our normal work and activity.

The framework of the Sabbath: 

Stop, rest, delight, worship (contemplate) 

The Sabbath practice: 

  1. You are free! 
  2. You should be flexible! 
  3. It should be fun! 
  4. It should be fulfilling!


The Sabbath is like a governor on the speed of life. — John Mark Comer

When we fight this rhythm, we go against the grain of the universe. — John Mark Comer

The Sabbath is a gift we do not know how to receive. In a world of doing, going, and producing, we have no use for a gift that invites us to stop. But that is the original gift: a gift of rest. — A. J. Swoboda

The truth remains that Sabbath will be challenging for anyone to live out in our busy, frenetic world. Sabbath goes against the very structure and system of the world we have constructed. Sabbath, then, becomes a kind of resistance to that world. Sabbath is an alternative lifestyle that goes against everything our world knows. — A. J. Swoboda

“Sabbath is the one day of the week I most believe and live out the fundamental truth of the Gospel, because, I do nothing productive and yet I experience being utterly loved.” – Geri Scazzero with the Emotionally Healthy Organization

Scripture Used: 

Exodus 16:29 29 They must realize that the Sabbath is the Lord’s gift to you. That is why he gives you a two-day supply (of manna) on the sixth day, so there will be enough for two days. On the Sabbath day you must each stay in your place. Do not go out to pick up food on the seventh day.

Mark 2:27 Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.”

NIV – The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 

Deuteronomy 5:15 Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to rest on the Sabbath day.