21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.'”
24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. Exodus 16:21-30
When the Lord rested on the seventh day of creation, He set the standard: hard work for six days and absolute rest on the seventh.
Informally, though, the Lord wanted the Israelites to rest when they were in Egypt and now that they were free people. In a few chapters, the Lord will codify the seventh day Sabbath rest for all of God’s people when He hands them down to Moses.
There’s great value in rest. In fact, more and more research is coming out that documents the need for the body to rest more than it does not, especially in a fast-paced world we find ourselves in.
“But there’s so much to be done and there’s only 24 hours in a day!” is the argument. Yes, but we all need to rest and recharge.
I recall a fishing trip I took to Canada about 5 years ago.
- No internet. No phone.
- No computers.
- No contact with the outside world for a full week.
- We slept out in nature all night, and caught fish all day.
Yes, it was work hauling gear and equipment, but it was restful and relaxing in its own right.
We were all recharging our “systems” without trying.
Do you recharge your spiritual and emotional batteries one day a week each week? If not, why not?
The Lord has laid out a very simple plan for us throughout Scripture. He laid it out for a reason. He gave us a great example.
If the Lord God Almighty rested on the seventh day of creation, shouldn’t we follow that example and for the same reasons?