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Sunday, July 04, 2010

God commanded that animals be given a rest

It was recently pointed out, in a book I was reading, that the Third of the Ten Commandments includes a commandment that the animals used by the Israelites be given rest, as well as the people.

Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: 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:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (KJV, emphasis added.)

If any evidence is needed that God is concerned with animals (and perhaps illegal aliens) it is here, in the Ten Commandments, no less.

I have written previously about this Commandment, but not about this aspect of it. I consider the Third Commandment to be the one that, in and after the New Testament, was interpreted least like the Old Testament Jews did, and discuss that in that post.

Thanks for reading!


i am Grateful... Kerry i am. said...

Good words Martin. The Lord longs to give rest to all His Creation.

Martin LaBar said...

So He does. Thanks, Kerry i am.

atlibertytosay said...

Interesting catch ... this is certainly one of those times where you read the Bible a 1000 times and get a lot ... read it 1001 times get even more!

Martin LaBar said...

Quite true, atlibertytosay.