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Three Reasons God Gives Us the Sabbath

3. To remind us that God is the Savior of our lives

The second place the Sabbath is discussed is in Deuteronomy 5:12–15: “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy… You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.”

The Sabbath gave the Israelites space to reflect on their salvation and the fact that God had accomplished their greatest need—deliverance from sin—all by himself. The Israelites did not make one single contribution to the Exodus, so Moses is saying, “If God took care of your greatest need all by himself, don’t you think you can trust him to take care of your day-to-day needs now?”

As they trusted, they were to reflect on their new relationship with God (v. 15). In Egypt they had been slaves; now they were sons and daughters. They had been under the cruel reign of Pharaoh; now they were under the tender care of their Father, and they could trust him.

This is our Sabbath truth today, still: Stop thinking like slaves, and start thinking like sons and daughters. Take some time to recognize and reflect on the blessing that God is the point, God is the provider and God alone is the Savior.

This article about Sabbath rest originally appeared here.

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J.D. Greear, Ph.D., is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastors the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Tagged by Outreach magazine as one of the fastest growing churches in America, the Summit has grown in the past 8 years from 400 to over 5,000 each weekend. The Summit Church is deeply involved in global church planting, having undertaken the mission to plant 1000 churches in the next 40 years. J.D. has authored Breaking the Islam Code and the upcoming Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary.