Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I can't escape...God is serious about this one

If you follow this blog at all, you know I've written quite a bit about the Sabbath.  Why?  Two reasons, I think.  First, it's something that God has been teaching me and showing me the past couple of years...the importance of rest.  Second, it's arguably the most violated of the 10 commandments...perhaps second only to "Have no other gods before me."

I've been reading through Exodus and you simply can't escape the frequency that this command appears.  It's popped up two more times in my reading first in Exodus 34:21, and second in Exodus 35:2.  Let's have a quick look;

21 "Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest."

1 "Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, 'These are the things the LORD has commanded you to do: 2 For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. 3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.' "

Woh - anyone who does any work must be put to death?  That is SERIOUS.  Now I don't want to be redundant so if you haven't read my other 287 posts on the Sabbath, (ok, it's only a few), then you must do that first to get what I'm saying in context...(click here).

I simply want to point out two things here.  One I've already said: the frequency that this command appears in Exodus shows its importance.  That's all.  Number two is an observation...

In Exodus 35 Moses says "These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do..."  You expect a list of things to do...and at the very least, you expect the whole list of commandments.  But what do we get instead?  The first thing out of Moses' mouth is the Sabbath.  A "holy" day, "set apart," and a day to rest.

In America, we have prided ourselves on hard work and the "American Dream" - if you work hard enough, you can make it, and prosper.  There is nothing against that.  As one professor once said, you are supposed to "work" for 6 days.  However, I fear that we suffer as a country from a disease called "work-aholism" which again, isn't necessarily a sin, except that continually violate God's command to rest.  Why?  A day for Him...a day set apart, and a day that vitally need if we're to be as effective on the other 6 days.

This may be the last post I write on Sabbath...my last words to you are stolen from Nike - "Just Do It."  Pick a day, one out of seven, and REST.

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