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Day Seven's Scripture Readings
Reading One: Mark 2:23-3:6
What is Sunday for you? Is it a day of chores, errands, family activities, sports? Do you go to church? Do you sleep in, hang out around the house, or spent time with friends? Throughout scriptures we read about the Sabbath and it being a day of rest. It was a time when Hebrew laws dictated that one do no work. In our reading, Jesus takes on the religious leaders as they condemn his observances of the Sabbath. His explanation of the Sabbath is significantly different from the Sabbath the law describes.
Reading Two: Song of Solomon/Song of Songs 7
- The Sabbath was to be a day of rest where no work was to be done. In our reading from Mark, the religious leaders confront Jesus and his actions on the Sabbath. What jumps out to you as Jesus responds to the attacks?
- Jesus says, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." This statement reverses the idea of what many thought of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was meant to be something good for man, not a confining, restrictive day. Talk about what the Sabbath means for your family.
- The reading from Song of Solomon 7, is a pretty detailed and graphic description of intimacy as the man talks about the woman. There's no doubt that he is enamored with her beauty. But what an amazing practice, to look at your spouse and take in the beauty of who they are and how God has created them. What would it be like to if you were to take a few minutes with your spouse to simple observe each other?
A Prayer for Both of You
Heavenly Father, in your goodness you created a day that we might rest. To take time to reconnect and worship you. A day for us to slow down and enjoy family and friends. Help us to see the need for and the importance of rest. Give us the opportunity to be able to set aside this time so we could worship you and spend time together. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Remember, you can add to this prayer time by praying for the needs and asks that you have for your relationship and family.
Now Go and Be Together
Rest and revealing exposure. The scripture in Mark challenges us to think about how we celebrate the Sabbath rest in our lives. The reading from Song of Solomon challenges us as husbands and wives to be vulnerable with each other. For many of us, we deal with insecurities connected to our bodies and how we see ourselves. But the reality, we are who we are. Sure we can do things to help improve how we look. But even with state of the art work out equipment and the best plans, diets, and trainers, insecurity can still effect how we see ourselves. But when we hear words of love and encouragement from the one who has vowed their life to us, those words can break down those insecurities. Take some time as you are with your spouse, to simply look at each other. This is your beloved. Be in love with them. Now go and be together.
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