Resting is Holy

followFollow Me: Law[1]

Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Exodus 20:8-11, 23:10-12 [2]

When I stopped studying church doctrine and began to study God I found conflicts. Some churches I’ve attended expected work to the point of exhaustion. No time to rest, when people are dying and headed for Hell. But God puts a premium on rest. In fact, he demanded rest and codified it into the law that defines his kingdom. Not only does God command us to rest, he considers resting holy.

God’s reasoning for this commandment lies in his own actions. We are not expected to work harder than he does. He created the heavens, earth, sea and all its inhabitants in six days. Therefore his people are permitted to work six days just like their God did. God rested on the seventh day. Therefore, he expects us to do the same.

When God spoke “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” from Mt. Sinai the command extended beyond the citizens of his kingdom. Servants, working animals and any foreigners who lived among them were also required to rest one day in seven.

After Moses ascended the mountain with Aaron to inform God the people were terrified and did not want to hear his voice, God expanded resting to include the land. They could farm the land for six years. The land received its Sabbath from men plowing, sowing and reaping in the seventh year. Whatever the land produced of its own accord on the seventh year was permissible for the poor and animals to eat.

To date I have followed God through 1,462 years of history. He has consistently acted to include all of his creation in the good things he gives, and he does not require us to do more than he does.

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[1] In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul warns us that the things that happened in the wilderness were recorded as a warning to the church because Moses preached the same gospel about Jesus that was preached after Jesus resurrection. For this reason Israel/Jacob will be called the church in this series.

[2] All Scripture is from the NKJ Bible unless otherwise noted.

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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