Wednesday, 4 March 2009

sabbath -one-

Give out an image:

Give out a thought:
'Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work...' (Ex 23:12). Often when we think about Sabbath we associate it with taking rest, putting our feet up or gathering together in worship. However we as less aware of the economic consequences of the '7th day' for God's people within biblical times. Working the land was how many communities provided for their family and contributed towards the wider society. To 'sabbath' meant to stay away from the fields for a day. Ignoring the Sabbath imperative would have given the individual an opportunity to gain an edge on others and increase wealth. However, God's people were to practice restraint from these impulses in order to remember that the Lord was their provider and that they should trust him for everything they needed.

Give out an action:
Take a day off from spending money. Don't cheat by using 'plastic' or writing a cheque. Literally don't spend any money.

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