Exodus 20: 8 – 11 – ‘Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the seas, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.’
We have looked at being productive six days a week and taking the time to rest on the seventh day. It is a healthy thing to do and it is commanded by God.
What I love about this verse is that it is no respecter of persons – everyone is to follow the rule of the Sabbath. In fact, it is expected that if you have children, servants, animals that work for you and even foreigners amongst you, that you will include them in this command.
Do you teach your children to rest? Do you insist your employees do not work 7 days a week? Do you take the time to ensure your household and your employees all observe the Sabbath?
Our first responsibility is to follow God’s commands for ourselves. Our next responsibility is to ensure that our children and those we are caring for (e.g. employees) are aware of the Sabbath and also observe it.
God sets guidelines for all of us because they are beneficial. Don’t feel that some biblical truths apply to one person, but not another.
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