Summary: We need a Sabbath Rest in order to serve and not become exhausted

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Readings: II Samuel 7:1-14a

Mark 6:30-34 and 53-56

All of the Bible is not written TO you, but all of the Bible is written FOR you, so I hope you will follow along in your Bible this morning as we dig in together and see what it has to teach each of us. I am titling it, “Prescription for Exhaustion”, or “Recipe for Rest.” I know that it is a universal problem…we’re all tired and we could use some rest. So hang on now and let’s put ourselves into the story.

Turn with me now to Mark 6: beginning in verse 30.

We come in in the middle of the gospel story in Mark.

It tells us only that the apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.

Jesus had earlier sent them out to preach, teach and do miracles in his name. Evidently this time they had been successful. They were “up” emotionally but needed to lie down, physically.

You can be so excited that you don’t even realize that your energy is being spent, but there comes a crashing down to earth again eventually.

The scripture here says there were so many people coming and going, the disciples didn’t even have a chance to eat.

The disciples had not only been working long days, but they had also been HURRYING. It is not so much what we do that tires us so much, but the PACE we keep while doing it.

(It must be called a DEADLINE for a very good reason.) We just about kill ourselves trying to get everything done on time.

This is one thing we learn in retirement. When there is no certain time limit to accomplish something, it takes forever to get it done.

Someone said the only thing wrong with retirement is that you never get a day off.

So we set a goal and before we know it we are overloaded because we don’t leave enough time to rest in between.

Jesus was very anxious to hear about their ministry, but he looked beyond the surface and saw their misery, too.

He said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”

V33> But, many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them!

How many of you know that if you decide to rest, those whom you have been serving will not let you?

The background reading I did for this said it was about ten miles around the lake but only four miles across it. But if the wind was too still or blowing in the wrong direction, it was faster on foot to just run around to the other side than to take a boat across. These people hungered to hear more of the word of God and be in the presence of Christ. They didn’t let the distance deter them.

V34 When Jesus landed and saw the large crowd, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

Imagine Jesus’ eyes of compassion on this crowd.

They disturbed him in the desert, but he delighted to disciple them!

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