On: August 30, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. Luke 23:54-56
It seems strange, in the frantically busy, “get things done” culture of the 21st Century, that the climax of the story sees the central players stop what they are doing and go home to rest. The fact we are told they did it “in obedience to the commandment”, suggests that their instinct was to be active and get on with what needed to be done (embalming the body with the spices and perfumes they had prepared).
If we are to align ourselves with our Creator, though, this assumption of ceaseless striving needs challenging. For the biggest project in history, Creation, saw the Creator hard at it for six days, then taking well earned rest. This pattern was then built into the Ten Commandments, where God’s people were instructed to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest. We’ve been here before (Days 71,72), but it bears re-examination, often.
The author, Mark Twain, said: “It’s not the things I don’t understand in the Bible that bother me, it’s the things I do understand!” This is surely one of those. Contemporary culture will have us steamrollered into conformity with a round of relentless activity. The call to sabbath rest is one thing that we can understand, and it should bother us as to how best we can take decisive action to break our usual cycle of activity,and spend time with God.
By rushing ahead, we may get to our own destination more quickly; but it may not be the destination God would have us arrive at! Had they pressed ahead, the women in this story may have completed the job of embalming sooner, but they wouldn’t have been there on Easter morning with all that historic occasion held in store.
What might I be missing in my life?
Father God stopping what I am doing to be still and spend time with You is hard. Really hard. Help me to do it at least once a week. Amen