7th March 2018

This week I have been reading Leviticus. This is the third book in the Bible and is primarily about forms of ‘worship’ in the ‘tabernacle’ (a holy place). It also contains a variety of moral laws for living as a community and instructions for special ceremonies and events. It can be quite hard going, but behind these laws and instructions is a loving God who cares for his people and wants them to be ‘holy’ (or set apart) for Him. Near the end of the book, God lays out His plans for specific festivals, but he begins with a reminder from the 10 Commandments...

“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the Lord.”
Leviticus 23: The NIV Bible

I’ve often wondered why God is so strong on encouraging rest! I think that is because He’s also strong on work! Work is good - whatever form that takes! We are created to work and to find satisfaction and even joy in our work. God says we have six days to do our ‘work’ and then we should take one day to rest. In fact when this ‘law’ was given the punishment for working on the Sabbath was death...yikes! As 21st Century Christians this ‘law’ can seem outdated or even bonkers! However, behind it is a loving God who cares. As the creator of everything and all humanity, He knows that we need to rest as well as to work. So work hard and rest well!

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

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