25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.
27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
28 And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?
29 See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.
30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When the manna from God that the Hebrews saved on the sixth day did not spoil by the seventh, Moses told the people to eat it for it was the Sabbath and they would not find any in the fields. Some of the people went out to gather day anyway and discovered there was none. The Lord then asked Moses how long the Hebrews would refuse to keep his commandments and laws.
The Lord told Moses that on the Sabbath the people were to remain in their places and not to go out. Thus the people rested the seventh day.
Isn’t this a good object lesson for everyone? The Lord commanded his people to keep the Sabbath and he demonstrated this to them by keeping the Sabbath himself.
I’m sure most of my readers are Christians and do not “keep the Sabbath”; but the New Testament teaching that we follow asks us not to forsake the assembly; and on Sunday morning, many of us do assemble together. However, in our modern world, for the most part, every day is pretty much the same, including Sunday. People work, shop, visit, see movies—do pretty much whatever they think of even though it is Sunday.
I’m sure the Lord would much prefer for us to not only not forsake the assembly, but also to spend our day “in our place,” studying and devoting ourselves to following his word. Perhaps He will return someday and chastise us for our failure to honor him on just one day a week of the seven we are given.
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