September 18 – Exodus 16:22-30

September 18 – Exodus 16:22-30

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22 On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 he said to them, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of solemn rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord; bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the morning.’” 24 So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it. 25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.”

27 On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws? 29 See! The Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

God has blessed us with a day of rest just as He blessed the Israelites. They did not have a day of rest as they labored in Egypt. God explained what His expectations were. We, too, have a day of rest. As we live in such a rushed, demanding society, do we always observe this day of rest? I know that when I was a mom and a wife and a teacher, days of rest were few and far between. Forgive me, Father. I was not being obedient. He made this day of rest to revive us, to renew us, to show His love for us, the very least we can do is to show our love for Him by resting and allowing Him to renew us with His words, His words.  May you find a day of rest and reflection in your life. If not, ask God to help you find a way to be obedient and honor His commandments so that you, too, may observe a day of rest.


Heavenly Father, What a gift You gave the Israelites.  Evidence of Your love and of how serious that day of rest was to You.  I know later Jesus reminds His followers that the day of rest was made for us, not us for the day of rest.  Some were getting so legalistic about what could be done and couldn’t be done on the Sabbath that it was certainly not a day of rest in You as all they could do was try to remember what the rules were so they could follow them.  That certainly doesn’t sound restful.  I’m so glad You sent Jesus to not only remind us of what is important, but to save us from those many times we mess up.  I can’t imagine the score card of mess-ups I have going, but so glad the enemy is the only one keeping up with that because Jesus’ blood covers me and my mess-ups.  Thank You so much for that gift of eternity with You, Father.  I can’t imagine being away from You for a second, much less eternity.  I feel so blessed to be so loved.  Love the world doesn’t understand or appreciate.  I guess it makes sense that You can’t appreciate something You have never experienced.  Thank You, Father, for loving me so much You send Your Son to die for me.  I am honored, humbled and grateful.

In Jesus’ name.



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