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Rest Under Penalty of Death

January 28th, 2018 · No Comments

Exodus 31:14 (New Living Translation)

You must keep the Sabbath day, for it is a holy day for you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community.

Let’s correct a common fallacy. The Sabbath day was NOT a day that the old people “went to church.” They were not told, “Go to church or else.”

The Sabbath day was a day that everyone rested. God told the people, now get this one straight…

R E S T (REST) (rest) rest rest rest or die!

Did I get that one across? God commanded the people to rest one day in seven. How hard is it to follow that command?

Well, those people back then were…not so fast. Ever felt like taking a nap in the afternoon at work? Ever take a nap in the afternoon at work? How many Americans answer “yes” to both questions. What is wrong with us? We can’t rest.

Why is it so hard to rest?

Tags: Exodus · Old Testament

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