the most ignored commandment
God gave the 10 commandments to the people of God so that they would know what is good and what is bad. They needed a frame of reference of how to live and what was acceptable behavior. They needed to know what God's expectations of them were.
We believe that these commandments apply to us today. We have actually used them to help make our own laws here in the USA. We don't allow murder or stealing...partly because they are in the 10 commandments.
But there is one commandment we like to ignore. We don't like it, it's annoying and we find it old fashioned and so we just don't follow it. In fact, when people try to remind us about this commandment we tend to insult them and call them names. Can you guess which one I'm talking about? The Sabbath.
God commanded us to follow the Sabbath. It was not a suggestion. It was a commandment. And it wasn't one of the 630 commandments in the Old Testament; it was one of the 10 commandments. It's a biggie. And yet, how many of us actually take regular times of rest and worship? How many of us set aside time each week to do this? Very few. Almost none. And if I ever challenge someone to take Sabbath, they balk. They tell me how important they are or how busy they are. And if I tell them that I do take Sabbath...they call me lazy. I even had someone tell me once that the devil doesn't take a day off; so neither should I. I told them they need a better role model because God did take a day off and so should they.
Sabbath is good. Rest is healthy. God commanded it and you should do it. Not just on vacation. Not just once you burn out. You should do it often. You should do it weekly. It's a commandment. They aren't optional. Do you trust God enough to stop your human effort and believe that He will still provide? Can you learn to be still?
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