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On the 4th Commandment

A day of rest...

Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8-11; Deut 5:12-15

The fourth commandment mandates a day of rest.† It lists in some detail everyone who is to benefit from this welcome break from all our labours including servants, children, guests, strangers and even animals.

There are two versions of the Ten Commandments in the Bible one in Exodus Chapter 20, and the other in Deuteronomy Chapter 5.† They are practically identical except for this commandment.† When it comes to the rationale for this day of rest Exodus tells us it is because God rested on the seventh day from all His labours; and Deuteronomy tells us it is because we were slaves in Egypt, and presumably were worked mercilessly, and we were rescued by God, and should therefore should reserve a day in the week when we express our gratitude.

Whatever the reason, reserving regular time in our busy lives for rest, relaxation, and for contemplation of higher matters is essential to our well-being.† At school we have our regular pausing between lessons as a way of making this a vital part of our day.† Our experience over the years is that this gives the children a sense of confidence and self-assurance.

On another note, welcome back to our primary children who have been away at Milson Island camp, and Bathurst panning for gold.† And also Come One! Come All! To our fabulous open air film night on Saturday night.† A great time is virtually guaranteed.