October 3 Encounter

Keith Schubert
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What thoughts are dominant in your mind right now?  What is distracting you?  Bring those to God now and ask Him to focus your heart to hear from you.  After you sense a focus on Him, read the passage below using your Bible Study Insert.



Exodus 20:8-11


In today’s passage, God looks at His people and COMMANDS them to rest, to make sabbath a part of their normal cycle of life.  This passage is a part of a very famous part of the Bible known as the 10 Commandments.  God says, “one of my top 10 is, you will take a day off!”  How can you NOT love a God who one of His first commands is, “you shall take a day off”?!


God basically looks to His people and says, “I have designed you to function best when there’s rest built into your life.  So when the sabbath comes, you stop working for 24 hours.  When the sabbath comes, you put down the tools.  You don’t pick any more grain, not another grape.  

You don’t harvest another olive.  When the sabbath comes, you go home and rest.  Life is better when there’s REST.”


As you look at your life right now, are you living out the command to take a “sabbath”?  What do you sense your Heavenly Father speaking to you?  How is He calling you to respond?

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