March 13 – Scripture of the Day

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Today’s readings include the 10 Commandments. It seems that most often when we read the commandments, we only read them in list version, often shortened and without the full text we actually read in Deuteronomy.

What stood out to me today were the verses on the Sabbath. They are found in Deuteronomy 5:12-15 and say, “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do. 15 Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to rest on the Sabbath day.”

What I found most interesting was in verse 15. There we read the reason WHY we are commanded to observe a Sabbath day. It’s not so we are well rested, though that is a benefit for sure. Its not so we can REMEMBER that the Israelites were once slaves in Egypt, and that the Lord rescued them. We are commanded to observe the Sabbath not to rest, but to remember.

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Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33
Tomorrow’s reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29

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