On Keeping the Sabbath

On Keeping the Sabbath

10 “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

12 “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.

13 “Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips. Exodus 23:10-13

Keeping the Sabbath or setting aside one day of doing nothing was very important then for the Hebrews and for Jews today.

We’ve overcomplicated it. When preachers have to work on Sundays, it’s hard to teach that you shouldn’t work on Sundays.

The preachers I know take at least a day off during the week. One even takes off Tuesday since Monday is a “down” day for him. He wants to be up so he spends a better day with his family on Tuesday.

Of course we are no longer under the law as Believers, but God was very intentional about including this day off each week.

The Western world is spoiled in that we are often given two days off each week, but we’re so busy during those days off that we need a day off just to rest up from our two days off.

What would it look like to just turn off the TV, Internet, and all non-essential electronics for one day a week? Go cold turkey for a day a week

Could you do it?

If not, we have a problem. If yes, then why haven’t we done it? We all sense it would be a great thing for us to do, so why not?

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