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The people of Israel were finally free. They were preparing to enter the land set aside for them and start a new life. In that building of a nation, God knew the people needed to stop now and then to remember how they got to the promised land, and who brought them.  He had already established the Sabbath at creation.  He was enforcing it with the Manna distribution.  Still, God wanted his people to do life differently.  He wanted them to hold on loosely to all that they had and all that they did.

God always wants us to share. He asks for a part of our earnings, he asks for all of our hearts and amazingly—he actually wants a part of our week.  The idea around Sabbath is simple—God gives us our lives, talents and careers—in exchange, he simply asks for one day to be set aside for him.  God knows we need to set aside time to rest and to honor him.  It keeps us fresh and it keeps us humble. Most importantly, it reminds us that all that we have and all that we are relate directly to his love and commitment to us.

 God Bless You

 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.