This post is not to debate the correct day for the Sabbath, or His commanded day of rest.
The purpose is to quickly show how angry God gets when we refuse to rest every seven days.
One of my greatest take aways from The Old Testament is that it gives us great insight into the heart of God.
If you look closely to how He reacts to Israel when they either met or fell short of His expectations we learn what He loves and what He hates.
While some sins displeased Him enough to get someone kicked out of town (out of the camp) others, at the time, carried a death sentence to illustrate and teach us the level of anger that particular sin gave God.
For example, from creation, God gave us the gift of a day of rest. He commanded that it’s okay to labor for six days, but on the 7th day we are to rest. Of course there were no Saturdays and Sundays at the time because there was no Gregorian calendar at the time.
God got angry numerous times in the Old Testament when His people forsook ( or abandoned) His day of rest. Even if we aren’t under the law, God expects us to rest.
One such occasion that illustrates the level of anger created in God when we refuse to rest…
Numbers 15:32-36 (NKJV)
32 Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.
35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So, as the Lord commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.
I’m sure this man had a good reason for picking up sticks, but apparently it wasn’t good enough for God.
The death sentence gave us example of how He feels…
1 Corinthians 10:11 (NKJV)
11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
It’s interesting how people say REST IN PEACE when someone dies.
Rest is a gift. In today’s busy society, we need to learn to REST IN PEACE BEFORE WE DIE!