Words from the Heart for Monday April 12th, 2021

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work…

Exodus 20:8-10

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Remember the Sabbath Day

When Canada was born, Sundays looked a lot different than they do now. A quiet Sunday was the social custom in Protestant Canada (Roman Catholics were mellower about it). If water had to be drawn or potatoes peeled for Sunday dinner, many made sure to do it on Saturday evening. Laundry was not hung out to dry on Sundays. Even the irreligious usually went to church on Sunday; the religious went more than once and a great many Canadians spent the rest of the sabbath reading religious books or periodicals.

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Human beings can survive up to 21 days without food, three days without water, and eleven days without sleep. When God created us, He provided all that we need for life – He gave food and water, and on the seventh day of creation, He created Sabbath. God didn’t need to rest. So why did He take a day off? To make a very important point. He knew human nature so well. He knew that we would make work our idol. So, He rested as an example to us. Centuries later when He gave the law to Moses, he would include in the Ten Commandments a law about Sabbath. Exodus 20:8-10 puts it this way: “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work…” Jesus would teach that man wasn’t created for the Sabbath but the Sabbath was created for man. It was a gift – a day to rest, a day to remember the Lord, a day to experience His renewing. Be sure to take a sabbath.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley