God said to Moses, “The tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly, fast, and offer a Fire-Gift to God.” Leviticus 23:26
The book of Leviticus was written to instruct the people of Israel as to how to live holy in a land that knew nothing about being holy. One such rule was the mandatory day of rest on the tenth day of the seventh month of each year, a Day of Atonement when everyone would fast and offer a “Fire-Gift” (something made by fire) to God. If people refused to adhere to this day of rest, God said he would destroy them.
God also said, “This is a perpetual decree for all the generations to come, wherever you happen to be living.” (vs. 31). In our society, most people would be grateful to celebrate a Day of Atonement just to get an extra day away from the job or work at home. So, on July 10 of each year, tell your boss that God said, “Don’t do any work that day–none” and see how that works for you.
As I am no longer employed, every day is the tenth day of the seventh month in which I can choose to work or rest.
Dear God, thank you for making the seventh day of each week a day of rest. Amen.