Exodus 20
20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
20:10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of YHWH thy Elohim: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
20:11 For in six days YHWH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it
Exodus 31
31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am YHWH that doth sanctify you.

Sometimes it can be hard to stand by this. There always seems to be something that needs to be done. For quite a while I have wrestled with keeping the Sabbath. At first, it took a lot of will not to weed that garden. Those weeds always seemed to sprout up and wave at me. It wasn't just the weeds. Once I was able to ignore those "weeds", other issues arose. Either a family member needed a hand or I didn't prepare as well as I should have. As time has gone by, it has become a lot easier to honor the Sabbath.

This Sabbath morning, my father stopped by. Now he and my son had been working on cutting up bundles of slab wood the past few days. Which was good grandfather time in the eyes of my son. He is 14 years old. Any work with or time with his granddaddy is precious. When my father asked Austin if he would come over and help him finish the wood project. My son said "No". "It is the Sabbath, we are not to do work on this day." In to which my father, who is 70 years old, seemed amazed. Not only at the answer "No", but at the reasoning as well. My son continued to tell his granddad he would help him the next day.
I stood there with praise in my heart. My son understood the meaning of the Sabbath and Stood up for it. I wanted to share this and Praise YHWH for the understanding and courage my son displayed for His Sabbath.

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Comment by Cyprium on May 22, 2010 at 3:55pm
That should be some really inspiring testimony to all the "adult" believers out there who find it tough to stand up for what is right...when a 14 year old kid can do it (and we all know what the priorities of most 14 year old kids are)...then we just don't have a lot of excuse do we? Besides sticking to what was right to do..he gave his grandfather a great example and some food for thought.

it can be challenging to learn to put aside what you really want to do or really feel as if needs doing in your own understanding..or would just be most convenient to do, but i have seen that He never fails to reward obedience.

Comment by Bean on May 22, 2010 at 5:02pm
Wow! that is no doubt super-rare these days.. your son did that, not because he had to or was made to, but because he wanted to out of his love and respect for our Creator - Amazing.. it's a lot easier to say "no" to a stranger, but family are the most difficult to stand up in front of it seems, because they have known us and seen our faults throughout the years.. it really is a great example.. reminds me of the trust displayed in Isaac following Abraham up the mountain.


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