How many of us violate this?
Thus says the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem
Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein;
Jer 17: 21-22, 24
Definitions of burden (massa’):
I. load, bearing, tribute, burden, lifting
A. load, burden
B. lifting, uplifting, that to which the soul lifts itself up
C. bearing, carrying
D. tribute, that which is carried or brought or borne
II. utterance, oracle, burden
These are easy to identify.
This relates to physical labor, or carrying objects that are heavy to us.
I know Orthodox Jews won’t even take mail out of their mailbox on Sabbath.
Life Burdens (Examples):
Lack of job
How do we get relief from our burdens?
Right now, the world is evil, or life is hard, and believers are struggling to maintain themselves.
Most have been attacked by enemies, family, illness, or Satan himself.
Some believers are even threatened with execution for their beliefs.
Many governments are oppressive, allowing chaos, corruption or upheaval.
The devil is wearing out the saints.
Nature also seems to be in upheaval, as earthquakes and other natural disasters, like storms, destroy homes and lives.
How do we endure to the end?
Jesus / Yahshua tells us how:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We have to let go of our problems, and put them in YHVH God’s hands.
For all the burdens we carry, especially those that cannot be solved easily, we have to learn to put them down, and rest in the Lord.
While most of us will work throughout the week on burdens we have, to get some success at overcoming them, we have to learn and stop at least once a week, and dwell on the providence and provision of God.
He offers us healing, deliverance, hope, strength, victory, etc., if we turn to him and learn to rest in Him.
I can think of many Sabbaths where I did not do this.
I am guilty.
If I have a project, I will keep working until it is done.
This means I am neglecting time with my Creator.
So if problems continue, it is my fault.
I am so sorry to neglect you on Sabbath and other times.
I have many burdens, and I cling to them, to solve them myself.
I release them to you right now,
Give me your yoke, and your burden, which is light.
And I will give you my burdens, which are heavy.
If I forget in the future, please tap me on the shoulder, and remind me.
I want to please you, and have my burdens disappear, with your help.
And help me make your Sabbath holy in my life.
I want to put aside all cares, and work, and worries, and fears, and guilt for at least one day a week, and let you work on them.
I want to spend time with You, not my burdens.
I want your peace.
Thank you Lord.