Six days

English: The Sabbath Breaker Stoned, by James ...
The Sabbath Breaker Stoned, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exodus 20:9
Six days you shall labour and do all your work,

Exodus 34:21
‘Six days you shall labour, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the ploughing season and harvest you must rest.

Exodus 35:2
for six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 5:13
Six days you shall labour and do all your work,

Some harsh words here and there but these verses not only display God’s will but show us just how much He cares for us. How can only working for six days benefit any of us in this day and age you might ask? Why did God set these rules down? If we ignore them what are the consequences? Well many people today think nothing of what is written in The Bible, it is all myth to them, stories made up to keep us under control they say. If that is true then who made them up? If they don’t believe they don’t believe, they might not suffer any ill effects or so they think. In the first instance they are rejecting their Creator and His love. Secondly they tire themselves out working seven days a week presumably to earn more money to buy more things that ultimately they will leave behind when they die! God doesn’t want us to wear ourselves to the bone, why do you suppose He set the rule to labour but for six days? It is for our benefit, in fact everything God does is for our benefit. Isn’t the sacrifice of Jesus enough to show you how much God cares? So I make it that I rest on the Sabbath, to recharge my batteries so to speak and reflect on the love of God. I reflect on the love of God every day to be truthful. I get phone calls from people wanting me to work at the weekend simply because they don’t want to take time off during the week to have things done. One guy phoned me and asked if I would work on Saturday and after I told him that I need the weekends for myself he had the cheek to ask if I would work in the evening instead! When I have been working all day either doing my electrical work or working at home I am not prepared to work in the evenings too, especially at my age! I told him to try elsewhere. Around 11 o’clock on Sunday morning I received a call for help from a house in the next township. All electrical power had been lost which meant amongst other things that food in freezers and fridges would perish. As it was an emergency I went to investigate.
Matthew 12:11
He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?

An open Eaton circuit breaker panel
An open Eaton circuit breaker panel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes it was the Sabbath but it was also an emergency, an exception. I discovered that the main circuit-breaker board had burned and as I found out later it was due to a loose connection. The insulation around the cables connected to one of the connector blocks had begun to melt and the block itself was covered in carbon. Even the (plastic*) board had started to melt in that area. Fortunately I was able to put things right and restore the power. I charged no more for the work than if it had been done during the week. I will work on a Sunday and have done several times in the past but always and only if it is an emergency.

*New regulations forbid the installation of plastic circuit-breaker (or fuse) boards because they can be a hazard if this kind of fault occurs. Regulations now require the fitting of metal-cased units in new installations.

Shirley Anne