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Dr. Jeff Gin
Children are funny. Have you ever tried to get a cranky, tired toddler to take a nap? They will resist you at every turn. They need a rest. The people around them need to rest! The more the toddler presses ahead, the worse the situation becomes. We wonder why they resist something that would be so good for them.
I am told that I was an active child. One of my parents favorite stories was the time that I fell asleep in the mashed potatoes. I was so tired. Yet I wouldn't stop. So the result was that when I finally did get still, I just keeled over-plop, right into the mashed potatoes.
Aren't we like them?! We are tired, we are cranky. We are running on empty. We would profit from taking a rest. Those who have to live with us would be better off if we rested, yet we press on.
Listen to the command of our Lord in Exodus 20:8-11.
For many, Sunday has become just another day. Noone around us seems to heed the command. There was a time when businesses closed and society at large seemed to respect one day a week as being set apart to the Lord. This command is no longer applicable. But let me remind you that what we do or don't do is not determined by the culture at large. We are to follow what the Word of God dictates.
Someone else might say, ''Pastor Jeff, we are in the New Testament era. We are no longer under the law and neither are we Jewish. Therefore, we are free from this command.'' What is the whole counsel of God on this matter?
Four witnesses that support the thesis that one day of rest is part of God's will even for NT saints.
God gave us a precedent (Gen. 1:31-2:3)
If the God of heaven thought it beneficial or appropriate to rest, how much more should we as frail humans.
Even the land needs rest. In Exodus 23:10-11 God says, ''And you shall sow your land for six years an ...
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