DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

Exodus 20:8 – (NIV) Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 

“The Sabbath is a way of defying slavery.  Slaves,  by definition,  cannot stop working.  Sabbath is living in such as way that we are no longer slaves.  The Israelites had spent 300 years or so assimilating into the dominant cultural value system of Egypt.  Generations had succumbed to never ceasing from work.  It was normal to work all the time.  The bustling and ever-increasing economy of Egypt demanded nonstop work.  That work was imposed on the Israelites.  That’s the definition of slavery.  You can’t stop working.”  But in God’s economy,  the Sabbath is a big deal patterned for us in creation.  God says,  “Stop.  Enjoy me.  Enjoy food.  Enjoy people.  Go ahead and waste some time.”   The Sabbath suspends time and embeds us in rest and peace.  It is God’s economy—one of the Big 10.  So enjoy it!  (Strickland,  The Ultimate Exodus).

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