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And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.

- Genesis 2:2-3

Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

- Exodus 34:21

Blessed is the mad that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold in it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand form doing any evil.

- Isaiah 56:2

Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath Day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

Neither carry forth a burden out of your hoses on the Sabbath Day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the Sabbath Day, as I commanded your fathers.

- Jeremiah 17:21-22


Not keeping the Sabbath Day holy is both an action of umhankfulness and theft. Why?

  • Qualms - Uneasiness; pangs; turmoil

    The fourth commandment reads as follows: "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God in it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested thc seventh day, wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it" (Exodus 20:8-11).

    The fourth commandment focuses upon when we are to specially worship God. It refers to keeping every seventh day, one day I week, as specially consecrated and holy unto God. It forbids all profaning of the Sabbath Day by idleness; careless performance 0 religious duties; or unnecessary thoughts, words, or works pertaining to one's employment or recreation. The fourth commandment requires the keeping of the Sabbath Day holy through the active use of God's public and private means of worship. The word "Sabbath" means "rest." God has graciously given man one day in seven in which he is to rest from his labors to rest in God.

      Marvin's employer treats him very generously. He pays him well and provides him with many benefits.

      In return, however, once a week, Marvin steals time from his employer. He takes a day for his own purpose and pleasure. He takes the company car, which his employer provides, and travels to his home or a place of recreation where he spends the day doing his own will and pleasure. On payday, he collects his pay with no qualms of conscience.

      What do you think of Marvin's weekly practice?

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