we all know – or should – that one of the 10 commandments says this:
remember to observe the sabbath day by keeping it holy.
i’ve read a variety of commentaries over the years, and had many conversations over the full meaning of this commandment.
does it mean no work on sunday?
does it mean no work on saturday (the original sabbath day?)
does it mean i also shouldn’t go somewhere that makes someone else break the sabbath rule?
or does it just mean that at least once a week, i need to rest, and to give God some undivided attention?
those questions aren’t fully answered for me even now, though i do have some convictions about them. but as i read further into exodus this time around, i noticed that the mandate to observe the sabbath kept coming up, again and again (exodus 16.23-29; 20.8-11; 31.13)
and then i came to this.
anyone who works on the sabbath must be put to death.
(see exodus 31.14-15; 25.2)
i’ll leave you to meditate over this on your own.
i’m taking today off.