Summer Vacation

This week my family and I are taking a summer vacation. Our itinerary includes heading up to Branson, Missouri to spend time at Silver Dollar City, our favorite theme park, and then on to St. Louis, Missouri to visit the zoo and the arch. After that we are going to Kentucky to visit the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. We have been wanting to do that for years. We will end our vacation in Indianapolis, Indiana watching marching bands compete in the Drum Corp International competition. If all goes as planned, we will return to New Boston on Saturday, August 11th, and I will see you Sunday, August 12th. Please say a prayer for our safe travels while we are away.
In the Old Testament, God makes provision for His people to rest. The Jews did not work on the Sabbath day; they were required by God to rest. Exodus 20:8-10 states, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…. In it you shall do no work….” Four times a year, God mandated that the Israelites assemble for holy feasts: the Passover, Pentecost, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. These often lasted a week, not including the travel time to get to the feast and back home. Every seven years, the Israelites took the whole year off from working, and every 50 years, the year of Jubilee, they added one year to the seventh year for a whole two years of not working. God did not want man working himself to death.
While we are not under the Mosaic Law today, we would do well to learn from God’s care for his people. Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
God bless you, and I love you.
Kevin Cauley