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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 6
Gift of Rest
13m • February 2, 2021

In today’s episode, we’re reflecting on the meaning and importance of rest. As we explore the biblical concept of Sabbath and the ancient festival of Jubilee, we’ll find wisdom and principles that are still relevant for us today.

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In today’s episode, we’re reflecting on the meaning and importance of rest. As we explore the biblical concept of Sabbath and the ancient festival of Jubilee, we’ll find wisdom and principles that are still relevant for us today.

Bible Reading
Leviticus 25:1-12 and 18-21

Reflection Time

  1. Take some deep breaths to remember that every breath we take is a gift from God. While you inhale and exhale, reflect on God and your reliance on him.
  2. Invite God into an aspect of your life that feels exhausting. Tell him one thing that’s weighing on you and ask him for his provision. As you do, remember he cares for you and wants you to experience his rest. He hears you.
  3. Reflect on some of the gifts God has already given to meet your needs. What are some of the reasons you are thankful today?

Want to Go Deeper?
Check out this episode’s Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn
  • Production and Bible reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background music: "Fire, Sleeper" by Dear Gravity and We Dream of Eden

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Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
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Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
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Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
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Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
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Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
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Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
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Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
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Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. Take some deep breaths to remember that every breath we take is a gift from God. While you inhale and exhale, reflect on God and your reliance on him.
  2. Invite God into an aspect of your life that feels exhausting. Tell him one thing that’s weighing on you and ask him for his provision. As you do, remember he cares for you and wants you to experience his rest. He hears you.
  3. Reflect on some of the gifts God has already given to meet your needs. What are some of the reasons you are thankful today?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

The ancient practices of Sabbath and Jubilee remind us that we are dependent on God for everything. All that we do and everything that we have is a gift from God. When we forget this, our relationships and our environments suffer. God calls his people to rest and remember that his provision is more than enough.

Feel free to reflect on all the questions or simply a few right now. You can also reflect throughout the week by focusing on one question per day.

Message Question
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Leviticus 25:1-23, Matthew 11:28-30

  1. Take three deep breaths. While you inhale and exhale, reflect on God and your reliance on him. What was that like for you?
  2. Review Leviticus 25:18-19. What was God’s purpose for these Sabbath laws? Consider some of the ways observing these laws would have brought about that purpose.
  3. Review Leviticus 25:20-21. What did God promise to provide for Israel? What does God’s purpose and provision reveal about his attitude and intentions toward his people?
  4. The promised land belongs to God (see vs. 23). How do you think these Sabbath laws would have helped the people understand that they were stewards of the land and not owners?
  5. How might intentional rhythms of rest help you understand your role as a steward instead of an owner? What practices do you want to add, change, or continue in order to remember your reliance on God?
  6. Read Matthew 11:28-30. In this passage, what does Jesus call the weary to do and why?
  7. Turn your reflections into a prayer. Reflect on the gentle and humble character of Jesus. Thank him for who he is and what he’s already given. Tell him what’s weighing on you and ask him for his provision. As you pray, remember he cares for you and wants you to experience his rest. He hears you.
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