Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Deuteronomy 5:15 CSB

What does remembering your slavery have to do with keeping the Sabbath?  Well, let’s take a moment to reflect on your former slavish state, shall we?  You were trapped.  You were at the mercy of your captors, at the mercy of your passions and obsessions.  Rest was not an option in those days, but I’ll bet you were desperate for it.  Ironically, rest is now a command, and you buck it at every turn.  Strange, isn’t it?  If you rest, you will remember!  If you remember, you will worship!  Because you will see my strong hand once again, my arm bent down and outstretched, plucking you out of your pit.  

Perhaps you misunderstood.  I did not rescue you to be my unhappy slave.  You didn’t just exchange one cruel and exacting master for another.  I want to love you, not use you!  I call you child.  And I call you to rest — in these same arms that rescued you.  Don’t you remember how you longed for rest?  Now you’ve got it.  But it won’t mean anything to you if you don’t take the time to remember.  If you rest, you will remember!  If you remember, you will worship!  If you worship, you will rest — right here, in my outstretched arms, where this adventure first began.

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