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, 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.’” So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did not stink, and there were no worms in it. Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.”
On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws? 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.” So the people rested on the seventh day.
by: Cheri Appel.
Having been in Egypt for centuries as slaves, the Israelites needed some training as God’s people. He began teaching them to observe His seventh-day Sabbath for rest and fellowship with Him. This involved planning ahead on Friday, the sixth day of the week. Is this something you do today? Observing the Sabbath produces benefits in our relationship with God, plus rest from the world’s stress. Too often, we slip away from keeping God’s seventh-day Sabbath the way He ordained it. What worldly habits and little changes have slowly crept in to make keeping Sabbath more about us than Him?