We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. God spoke six times about the neighbor Exodus 20:12-17. Perfect for groups or self-reflection, Sabbath as Resistance offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance. Chapters 2-5 he fleshes out Sabbath as resistance against anxiety, coercion, exclusivism, and multi-tasking--all of which I needed to hear again and again. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more.
Thus, the Sabbath of the fourth commandment is an act of trust in the subversive, exodus-causing God of the first commandment, an act of submission to the restful God of commandments one, two, and three. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. In addition, worship leaders and worship committees will appreciate the many excellent ideas for using the Psalms in worship. So little theology written is relevant to business and consumer culture this was a treat. However, more than once he speaks of those in power and those with affluence as the ones perennially guilty of covetousness and of commoditization of life and thereby trampling the rights of the needy. We become divided selves and anxious people. Turning from the gods of the age necessarily involves turning to Christ.
In addition to providing basic information about the New Testament texts and insights into their meanings, these commentaries exemplify the tasks and procedures of careful, critical exegesis. Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. But if you remember, you will know that Pharaoh and all like agents of coercion have ben defeated. Though at times it reads a bit like, what are you talking about? Powery, Stephen Breck Reid, Sandra L. It will force me to reexamine my thoughts to see if they are in need of sabbath. In ancient context, they must depart from the Egyptian system in order to dance and sing freedom. While I understand this tra Brueggemann starts off strong in making a Biblical case for the Sabbath and its importance.
Failing to acknowledge this leaves Brueggemann unbalanced in his critique. It is an act of resistance Sabbath-keeping is not central to Christian life for most modern Christians. Preface: For the most part, contemporary Christians pay little attention to the Sabbath. But, the general idea is looking at the commandment to keep the Sabbath in light of the rest of the 10 commandments, in particular thou shall have no other gods before me and thou shall love they neighbor. There are many great insights into the frenetic and destructive nature of our daily lives and into the balance and perspective that Sabbath provides. The latter practice does not produce so much; but it creates an environment of security and respect and dignity that redefines the human project.
Please drop everything and read this. Sabbath as Resistance 2014 calls on us to abandon our slavery to modern capitalism and consumerism, embracing instead a trusting attitude towards a God who takes care of our daily needs. While there is some good paragraphs that encourage further thought and study, the book ultimately falls apart as it continues. If modern capitalist producers are the present day Pharaohs, then modern consumers are willingly enslaved because we want the leeks and onions that Pharaoh hands out. And at other times I wish he would've expounded upon his statements.
Brueggemann rightly identifies covetousness as the opposite spirit to the spirit of Sabbath rest. Brueggemann starts off strong in making a Biblical case for the Sabbath and its importance. Strawn, Beth LaNeel Tanner, Roger E. If you've had a chance to hear Brueggemann speak, you can hear his gravely voice speak out with clarity as you read along. He wrote it in 2014 and there's no reference to digital.
Strawn, Beth LaNeel Tanner, Roger E. Each author emphasizes a specific call to resistance against powers grounded in particular forms of sin: religious pride, greed, violence and domination. We may come to know, but likely not without Sabbath, a rest rooted in God's own restfulness and extended to our neighbors who also must rest. The two, idolatry and greed, are equated because both of them reduce livable reality to commodity. This suggests that worshipers in Israel, in the keeping of Sabbath, had not desisted from acquisitiveness that inevitably caused exploitation of the unprotected.
Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Chapter 1 does a great job setting the stage as Yhwh vs Pharaoh and the Sabbath as a picture of Him turning the Israelites world upside down and right side up. In this small but powerful book, Walter Brueggemann, redefines Sabbath for us, or at least its purpose. It forces us to practice trust and resist anxiety. I know about the restless anxiety of not yet having done enough.