Episode 050 – The Sabbath Pt 2: In Whom Do You Trust

Every day we make decisions, and those decisions are based on trust – trust in ourselves, trust in others, and trust in God. But what happens when our trust is misplaced? What happens when the trust we place in ourselves is actually supposed to be in God? For one, it will prevent us from taking a Sabbath because we’ll believe that if we take a break, our needs won’t be met – financially or otherwise. And yet, this was precisely what God sought to address with the Israelites when we instituted the Sabbath following their slavery in Egypt. And God pressed them, and by association, us, with the question, “In whom do you really trust?”

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • How have you traditionally viewed Sabbath? Is it something that’s been part of your life at any point?
  • If Sabbath hasn’t been part of your life, what will hold you back from engaging it?
  • Does the way you conduct your work convey that you trust yourself, or God? Why?
  • “Unless we trust God’s sovereignty, we won’t dare risk Sabbath.” Do you believe this is true? Are you experiencing the ability to relax, or the pull to worry in your life when it comes to your work?
  • What is one thing you will do this week to trust God anew in what He’s asking you to do?

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17 Comments

  1. Emanuel January 22, 2019 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Brad, thank you for this teaching. In my life, a day of rest is something I grew up with and still keep the Lords day as a day of rest. As you know, Christianity has taken some intentional steps to get away from Judaism, with Sabbath being one of them. Keeping the day of rest Sundays vs Saturdays. How does one hold the tension, living in a community where Sundays are the day of rest instead of Saturday, in how God commanded it to be? God specifically blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy, and yet Christianity in large part doesn’t hold that day of rest. How does one hold that tension? Is it more important to have a day of rest rather than on a specific day? (Sabbath) Also, the tension of it not just being a religious act, but it being a day of true rest. What are your thoughts on the significance of the day of rest being on the Sabbath vs the Lords day?

    • Brad Gray January 31, 2019 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      I go in greater detail about this in the seventh episode in this series. I believe it’s more important to take “a day” rather than specifying “which day.” Again, I do go in greater detail. Once you’ve engaged that teaching, let me know if you still have a question you’d like to me to address to go further into the questions you’ve asked. Thanks, Emanuel.

  2. Ron Johnson January 22, 2019 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Brad,
    Thank you for this teaching, a great reminder of some of what I learned while in Israel with you last March. This has been one of the greatest blessings of that trip, as I have seen God truly take care of the details of my schoolwork when I choose to trust Him and take a Sabbath. May He be praised for His sovereignty, and may you be blessed for sharing Truth from His Word and the context of your own life choices.

  3. Roxanne Bushen January 22, 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    It reminded me of my life verse–Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will set your paths straight.

  4. Christopher Pohlod January 23, 2019 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Just this morning I got up at 5am to write for 30 minutes, grabbed the snow thrower for 30 minutes to clear off the driveway, back inside to get the trash together and down the hill to the curb, upstairs to shower, sighed when I got to the bedroom as I dug deep for the next phase of the morning (which my wife always notices) took a brief moment to kiss her and explain how exhausted I was before 7AM (and the sigh was not directed at her :-). Packed food, headed to work, busy day seeing patients, off to the YMCA to swim and home to complete my charts and see my kids…I am the only major breadwinner right now and the more patients I see the more I get paid (I do love the work that I do)…exhaustion has been on mind a lot lately…Thanks for the prompting on turning to see the trust in God factor in the sabbath concept…I’m not sure (haha) but I think my heart needs to simmer in this teaching a bit!!!! Thanks as always Brad!! (The brief discussion of its place in the 10 commandments was of particular interest to me.) Will see if 2 full family sabbath days are possible per month…soccer, dance, equestrian teams heating up Oh My…yes God I don’t think we can do this on our own…. 😉

    • Brad Gray January 31, 2019 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing all of this, Chris. I hope you’re able to find some Sabbath days in the month as well. In the seven episode in this series, I talk about how we make it work. Perhaps that will be helpful to you. Stay tuned.

  5. David Korff January 25, 2019 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Brad, I really appreciate this teaching on Sabbath. My question is what do you do if you’re in a bi-vocational ministry situation that requires working 7 days a week? (5 days to pay the bills, 2 for the calling you believe God has placed before you) I understand the need for rest, but what if there seems to be no other option at the current time?

    • Brad Gray January 31, 2019 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Hi David, I address this in the seventh installment of this series. So hang with me for a few more and we’ll get to this. Thanks!

  6. Dwight Anderson January 27, 2019 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Hello Brad;

    I love the teaching you provide. One of the challenges wrt the sabbath is where Jesus says in John 5:17 that His Father is always at work and Jesus is also always at work. The context is relating healing on the sabbath versus doing work.

    Thanks!
    Dwight

    • Brad Gray January 31, 2019 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Haha! I was just waiting for that passage to get brought up 🙂 Thank you for doing so, Dwight. I’ll be addressing that in the final episode of this Sabbath series.

  7. Stephen January 28, 2019 at 6:05 am - Reply

    The Law, referred to in the New Testament as the “ministry of death, written in stone”, given only to Israel, is fulfilled at the cross. Yes, the 10 commandments may not be abrogated by the “ministry of the Spirit” but there are many other ways God uses to teach us to trust Him. Pain is, unfortunately, a great teacher of that esp in our broken, chaotic world. This teaching is a good suggestion, if possible to implement in your life and/or you’re lead by the Holy Spirit, but it is not a mandate. Romans 14:5-6.

    • Brad Gray January 31, 2019 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Appreciate your comments here, Stephen. I’m going to address this in the final episode of the series.

  8. Jim Bowden January 30, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I never had thought before of the fourth commandment, keeping the sabbath, as a connector between the first three, which tells us how to relate to God, and the last 6, which tell us how to relate to each other. Thank you for the new insight!

  9. Doug March 5, 2019 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    • In scripture, is the practice and principle of Sabbath extrapolate-able? Should we cease & rest every seventh month? Every seventh year? etc.

    • Relatedly, is there teaching in Scripture about ‘extended’ Sabbaths? (Doing what we would call a ‘vacation.’) More generally, is the practice of taking extended vacations (where we cease work and seek to rest) somehow rooted in the principle of Sabbath?

    Curiously,

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