12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.
14 “‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. 16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. 17 It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'” Exodus 31:12-17
This is an expansion of the Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11). The penalty for disobedience is harsh in our minds. The Lord even made a distinction between desecrating the Sabbath and those who do any work. Why is this here and why now at the end of the tent of meeting description?
According to a Pulpit Commentary at biblehub.com
“the erection of sabbath-observance into the special sacramental sign that Israel was in covenant with God made non-observance an offence of the gravest character. The man who broke the sabbath destroyed, so far as in him lay, the entire covenant between God and his people – not only broke it, but annulled it, and threw Israel out of covenant.”
Any time Scripture is repeated is a message to us to pay attention. This commandment is no different. Work with everything you have for six days and rest on the seventh. Even if it weren’t a commandment, it’s a good practice to set into motion.
Resting, reflecting, being with your family, thinking on the great things of God and the life he’s given us.
What could be better than that?