Scripture: Hebrews 2-4
Hebrews seems to be very "sermonic" to me. Like the unknown author was writing a sermon. The author seems to be clear that he doesn't want Christians to leave the faith and become Jews again. He also puts Christ at the center of all his theology. For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistle_to_the_Hebrews
Observation: Its probably no suprise to anyone, that the discussion of rest and sabbath rest and final rest was fascinating to me. (See the end of 3 and the beginning of 4.)
I underlined it when I first read it, but when I came back just now to write on it, I got completely confused and dumbfounded. So, for the first time in SoS I went to commentaries to try and better understand. And now I'm even more confused.
But here is what intrigues me. The author of Hebrews is making a connection to eternal rest and sabbath rest. As if rest is something special. Something we can do as Christians that others may not understand. That rest here and rest in heaven are some how related.
I am terrible at slowing down. I like to be on the move and be busy. In high school I did every activity I could and played softball hours a day. I'd come home and do hours more homework than necessary and read a complete book. In college I worked and played softball and was in a sorority and took 19+ hours. In seminary, I worked a 30+ hour a week corporate job, a 20+ hour a week ministry job and full time school. I like to be busy! So, this idea of sabbath rest has always been hard for me. I feel like I'm loafing. Not doing what I am supposed to.
But verses like this remind me that Mary was right to sit at Jesus' feet. They remind me that I have to slow down--that this was a commandment, something God needed and wanted from me. That I am called to rest and focus on God. How good are you at taking Sabbath? At resting? Do you see it as a blessing and honor from God? Or just as something you have to do if you can fit it in. Maybe take an extra 30 minutes today to rest. To take Sabbath, to relax in God's infinite love and grace and mercy. I bet it will do us ALL some good!
Prayer: God of Rest--In You, we find peace. In you we find comfort. Let us find rest and peace and comfort in you today. In Jesus' name we pray! Amen.