by James Merritt

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What a Difference a Day Makes (4 of 10)
Series: Homeland Security
James Merritt
Exodus 20:8-11


I want you to think about something I just recently read. It will make you tired just listening to it, but think about it. There are 365 days in the year, but you take weekends off, so you have to subtract 104 days. That leaves you with 261 working days, but you only work 8 hours a day; the other 16 you are either sleeping or tending to your own business, so you have to subtract 174 days. That leaves 87, but wait, we are not through subtracting yet. You eat lunch every day and although lunch hours vary, it is estimated that the average worker consumes 45 days per year at lunch. Coffee breaks? Figure 21 days over the course of the year. Take those 21 days from the 42 left from the last calculation and that leaves you 21 days to get your work done. From those 21 days you have to subtract your two weeks vacation - 10 work days. Continuing the subtraction, 10 from 21 leaves only 11 actual full work days in the entire year, but of course, you do not work on Christmas, New Year's, Independence Day or Thanksgiving. Most firms now allow 10 paid holidays per year. After subtracting the 10 paid holidays from the 11 days remaining - you've got 1 full work day to your credit and you want to take that day off? Forget it!

As hard as it is to believe, the longest of the Ten Commandments deals with one simple thing - taking a day off. It fascinates me that God has more to say about taking a day off than He does about either murder or adultery or stealing. There are 94 words in this commandment--longer than any other commandment. It is almost as if God is saying, ''I am deadly serious about this - this is not just a suggestion - this is a command.'' 3. I don't mind telling you, I have to ask myself a question, ''How in the world did this crack God's top ten?'' Think about it - the Lord is going to give ten unbelievably crucially important instructions about how ...

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