It seems I may have been off base in this post when making the assertion that “The Sabbath was made for mission, not mission for the Sabbath.” It makes sense that a Sabbath rest would prepare us for upcoming or future mission. But Heschel, in critiquing Aristotle had this to say:
According to Aristotle, “we need relaxation, because we cannot work continuously. Relaxation, then, is not an end” ; it is “for the sake of activity,” for the sake of gaining strength for new efforts. To the biblical mind, however, labor is the means toward an end, and the Sabbath as a day of abstaining from toil, is not for the purpose of recovering one’s lost strength and becoming fit for forthcoming labor. The Sabbath is a day for the sake of life. Man is not a beast of burden, and the Sabbath is not for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of his work. “Last in creation, first in intention,” the Sabbath is “the end of the creation of heaven and earth.” The Sabbath then, is not for the sake of the weekdays; the weekdays are for the sake of the Sabbath. ~ Heschel
In Discipleship Group last night, I asked the question: “Is the principle of a sabbath rest more for resting from previous work, or to prepare ourselves for a future work. Most said the latter. According to Heschel, we’d both be wrong. What do you say?