Exodus 20:8-11 – Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work — you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. (NRSV)
Imagine a negotiation between labour and management. The final touches are being put to the agreement, but there is still a sticking point — and the whole agreement may collapse unless it can be resolved.
The issue? Time off.
Management is demanding that Labour take off at least one day in seven for rest and recreation and restoring body and soul. Labour doesn't like being dictated to and is balking… but management (God) stands firm. "You need this to be everything I want you to be, everything which you have the potential to become. This is non-negotiable. And this doesn't apply to you alone — every aspect of the economic order has to fall in line — from the highest to the lowest, from those outside these negotiations (the aliens) even down to the livestock and beasts of burden — no exceptions!"
And they would not…
Prayer: Lord, help us to love You in order to better serve You. Help us to worship You in order to better obey You. Help us to adore You in order to better follow You. Faithful discipleship begins in love, worship, and adoration. Bend our lives to Your will, allure us, entice us, draw us to Yourself. Then we shall be truly free. Amen.