Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week as we continued our series reflecting on work.
The laws known as the Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus chapter 20 and Deuteronomy chapter 5. In both accounts the Israelites are told that the Sabbath belongs to God. But there is a difference in why he has given them this day.
The Exodus account says it is because God rested on the seventh day. However in Deuteronomy it is because God rescued them from slavery in Egypt.
This opens up two dimensions to the purpose of the Sabbath law. On the one hand it is to remind God’s people that they were made for a relationship with him.
This is a day for remembering God, for acknowledging him, for showing our gratitude for all that he has done for us, for being reminded that we are not our true selves if we are not living as friends of God.
On the other hand it establishes a principle of freedom, that people can rest on the seventh day because they are not slaves to any other power, whether that’s the Pharaoh in Egypt or the Boss at work.
That’s also why both Sabbath laws also mention the slaves and foreigners in the household. This is a law that is meant to be good news for everyone. This is a law that is meant to offer freedom from any work that threatens to enslave.
[Reflecting on Exodus 20.8-11 and Deuteronomy 5.12-15; also on Exodus 16.1-5 and 21-30, and Mark 2.23-28]