My devotional today talked about the "sins of the parents".
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations. - Exodus 34:7b -
It's pretty scary to think that our sins could have lasting affects that our children and their children may feel. I pray that God shows be any patterns of sin that could leave such a lasting effect on my children.
Another thing that really stood out to me today was the importance that God placed on the 7th day - a day set aside for complete rest. It was important enough that it comes up twice in today's reading.
You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest. - Exodus 34:21 -
You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who works on that day must be put to death. You must not even light a fire in any of your homes on the Sabbath.” - Exodus 35:2-3 -
I wonder, in today's world of craziness, if we were, as christians, to truly take this as seriously as it is stated in these verses, what our world would look like. This would be a VERY difficult thing to do. So many things we are involved in require us to be DOING something on Sunday's (assuming that is the 7th day). Today's society doesn't necessarily allow us to take this day completely as rest but maybe being more intentional about how we spend this time would allow us to feel more rested. I think there is definite value in setting aside time and being intentional about finding time to REST in Jesus.
Definitely a sobering reminder to take our sin seriously!
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