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A Day of Rest

Imagine having to work around the clock, seven days a week for your entire life without ever resting. Life would be monotonous, not to mention grueling. We need rest periodically. That is why we go to bed at night, take weekends off, and go on vacations.

Even God rested after creating the universe. "And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done" (Genesis 2:2).

God does not need to rest the way human beings do because he is almighty and never grows tired. But out of his care for his creatures, he rested and instituted a weekly cycle, using the seven-day creation as the prototype.

God has set aside the last day of every week for us to rest from our weekly routines. This day of rest is called the Sabbath day.

God commands the human race to keep the Sabbath day as a special day of rest: "Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your manservant, or your maidservant, or your ox, or your ass, or any of your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you" (Deuteronomy 5:13,14).Our Creator loves us and knows that we need to be refreshed after six days of hard work. He does not want to see anyone being overworked.

The Lord Jesus tells us that God had us in mind when he set aside and commanded Sabbath-keeping. "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath" (Mark ). He made the Sabbath for us. What a precious gift from our Creator!


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