Don’t Work, Or You Will Die

We live in a culture where “Do what you want” is the mantra.  To some degree, the Christian culture has adopted this, as well.  We find it hard to believe that God would punish someone, as long as their heart is in the right place.

But God sets out certain rules for His people in Leviticus – like how to respect the annual Day of Atonement.  Like the Sabbath, he declares that no work is to be done on this day.  But this time, He attaches a penalty.

‘The LORD said to Moses, “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the LORD.  Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God.  Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people.  I will destroy from among their people anyone who does any work on that day.  You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.  It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.”’Lev 23:26-32

Honoring the sabbath day of rest was serious to God.  So much so that He vowed to destroy anyone found working on that day.  Hmmm – do we take God’s Word as seriously as that?  Do you think this threat was echoing through the Israelite’s minds throughout that day?  Would it make us think a little harder about God’s commands?


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