The pace of modern life is unrelenting. Too many of us never stop. We never rest. We are always available, always on call–a text message away from work and distraction. There is wisdom is pausing, stopping for a moment, having times of quiet and reflection. And this is the purpose of the Sabbath, a term that means “to stop or rest.”
This lesson will review the history of the Sabbath in both Jewish and Christian contexts, discuss the role the Sabbath plays in current Church culture, and finally explore our need for times of rest and renewal.
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Additional Teacher Reading: D&C 20:77, 79; D&C 25:12; D&C 64:34; D&C 97:8; D&C 109:13; Genesis 2:1–3; Exodus 31:13–17; Matthew 12:12; Luke 13:10–17; John 5:1–19; 1 Corinthians 11:28–29; Topical Guide, “Sabbath,” 441; 3 Nephi 18:29; Mormon 9:29
Nathan, Dorothy and Michael discuss the lesson, with Michael providing an experienced take on the Sabbath from a Jewish perspective.
You can access my Reading Notes here.
- Judith Shulevitz: The Sabbath World
- Matthew Sleeth: 24/6, a book by a doctor about the need and health benefits of a weekly pause.
- Podcast on the Sabbath World (also can be found on iTunes)
- A TED talk on the importance of time off and rest
- A RadioWest episode about sleep, because the Sabbath is a “day of rest” in more ways than one, and similar principles to both types of rest.
- and RadioLab on sleep, just cause.
Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!
Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his amazing work editing, with the fastest turnaround time ever! And thanks to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.