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As I said last week, I have been pondering this idea of Sabbath for a week or so, and spent a few hours looking through the scriptures to see what the Word has to say about this idea.

I have learned that, for one thing, it is of great importance to the Lord.

I have also seen it turn back in on what He has been teaching me (or trying to teach me, anyway) about how to walk out this Christian life.

If you will allow me, I would like to take this week’s blog posts and lay out what I have been finding. If I dump it all into one post, it will be way to big, and I am afraid it would be too hard to follow.

The danger I face with breaking it up is that you may only get a snippet of the whole idea. Ah – What’s a blogger to do?

Ben NelsonSee you in the morning for an Old Testament survey of the Sabbath.

Ben

And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES, AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.” ~ Matthew 8:16-17

Let me recap:

It’s is the Sabbath (we know this from Luke 4.) I said the other day that it was the same day He made His declaration, but I must correct that. This was actually the day He cast out a demon in Church (OK Synagogue.)

He and some of the boys headed over to Peter and Andrew’s house and Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law.

Next we see this:

When evening had come

Or as Luke puts it in

While the sun was setting ~ Luke 4:40

The folks in these good Jewish communities waited till the sun was setting, until the Sabbath was over and then they got to Jesus just as quick as they could.

Luke tells us:

all who had any sick with various diseases brought them to Him ~ Luke 4:40

So in the town of Capernaum when Jesus left, if I am doing the math right, there was no one left in the city either sick or demon possessed! They brought them all to Jesus, and He healed them all.

Do you have someone to bring to Jesus today?

Don’t wait for the sun to set – let’s carry them to Jesus now!

Lord, I am so glad that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. We bring our sick, our broken, our lost to You today, and ask that You touch, You speak the word, You do what You do!

Ben NelsonThanks for coming today.

See you soon

Ben

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