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Seventh-Day Rest - Sabbath • Episode 12
Hidden Sevens and Practical Sabbath: Seventh-Day Rest Q+R 2
44m • December 19, 2019

Listen in to the second question and response episode on the biblical theme of Sabbath and seventh-day rest.

What You'll Learn:
  • How use of the number seven is intentional
  • The importance of Sabbath for all Jesus followers
  • The practical implications for not observing the Sabbath
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Tim and Jon Responded to these questions:

David from Arizona (2:25)

My question is, does the frequent occurrence of the number seven and the seventh day in Genesis, Exodus, and the rest of the Bible have more to do with the authors creating design patterns within the narrative to make theological claims? Or is it actually how God himself worked in history? Maybe these are synonymous, but I would love to hear your response.

Ashley from Arizona (13:30) I have a question for you regarding Jesus' words during his miracle at the wedding at Cana. When his mother points out that there is no wine, he takes six water pots used for purification and and then puts water in them and then turns those into wine. There seems to be a connection maybe with the six and bringing the best wine out last. But I'm wondering what the connection is between cups of wine in the seventh day. Is that a thing? Thanks so much for your thoughts and all the work you do.

Jesse from North New Zealand (20:50) I was wondering about the practical implications of the theological discussion that you've been having. Jews have been practicing Sabbath rest and Sabbath observance for millennia, yet Christians kind of gave up on that a few centuries ago. Should we as Christians go back to Sabbath observance? Is there something more there that I've missed? What are the implications of this Sabbath rest for us as Christians in the world?

Jisca from Rwanda (25:34) How do we apply the principle of rest in our time as Christians. What do we do with the inclination to rest on the seventh day? How do we live it out on a daily basis? Thank you.

John from Malaysia (25:55) I work in the construction industry here, and it's common for people to work six days a week. This has truly made me appreciate the one day of rest that I get every week. However, a lot of my friends who work a normal five-day week say that working six days in today's world can be way too tiring. Could you share thoughts on the practicality of still working six days and resting one day in a modern world? And on the flip side of that, what are the biblical implications if I do not take a break by continually working seven days a week? Thanks for all you do, guys. I love your podcast. Keep it up.


  • To Hell With The Hustle by Jefferson Bethke
  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
  • God Dwells with Us: Temple Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel by Mary Coloe
  • The Subversive Sabbath by A.J. Swaboda
  • At Home with God: A Complete Liturgical Guide for the Christian Home by Gavin Long

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7th Day Rest E1  –  56m
The Restless Craving for Rest
7th Day Rest E2  –  1hr 5m
The Significance of Seven
1hr 5m
7th Day Rest E3  –  1hr 2m
Two Kinds of Work
1hr 2m
7th Day Rest E4  –  1hr 7m
Sacred Time and the Feast of Flight
1hr 7m
7th Day Rest E5  –  57m
The Cathedral in Time
7th Day Rest E6  –  1hr 7m
The Seven Festivals
1hr 7m
7th Day Rest E7  –  54m
Seventh-Day Rest Q+R 1
7th Day Rest E8  –  58m
Jubilee: The Radical Year of Release
7th Day Rest E9  –  44m
Rest for the Land
7th Day Rest E10  –  1hr 4m
Seventy Times Seven - Prophetic Math
1hr 4m
7th Day Rest E11  –  1hr 15m
Jesus and His Jubilee Mission
1hr 15m
Seventh-Day Rest E13  –  1hr 10m
Lord of the Sabbath
1hr 10m
7th Day Rest E14  –  58m
Hebrews: The Quest for Final Rest
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