Commandments 30

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Commandments – Day 30

Exodus 34:21

Six days you shall labour, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the ploughing season.

The Thought

Fourteen chapters after writing the original commandments, Moses, added this qualification to the fourth command! It is as though he knew that the farmers would all be saying “But we really have to work on the sabbath, because the weather might be bad for the rest of the week.” Then there is the season of harvest which can also be something that needs doing while the sun is shining. Farming is a seven day a week job, especially if there are animals who need caring for!

But the fact is that we all need a regular day off from our daily activities. If we devote that day to God, He will bless us for the other six days.

Since we had Sunday opening more or less right across the world there are less and less people taking a “sabbath rest” and many of them are wondering why they are not healthy, or are over tired.

God’s recommendations and rules were not made because He wanted us to struggle or be bored. They were designed to help keep us healthy, both physically and spiritually.


Ask yourself today when you last had a real day off. When did you last dedicate a whole day to the Lord? They may not be the same response!

Pray for the Lord to show you when you are too busy with things that you could leave for another day.

Read Exodus 34 for more of the commands that God to gave to His people, outside the ten commands which are on the stone tablets. Many of them, with a little imagination about the circumstance, can apply to our lives.

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