The Blue Law

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: 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: 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.  Exodus 2:8-11

When I was a child, there were no stores open on Sunday in our small town.  The movies were open in the afternoon for the matinee…hmm.  If you needed something, you bought it the day before.  Not everyone went to church; some camped or fished, but life slowed down.  People who went to church would not be seen working on Sunday.  No lawn mowing, clothes hanging or obvious work.  Women still cooked and washed dishes but that was not visible.  There was the attitude of keeping the sabbath( or as we now celebrate) Sunday, special.

When I was a younger married woman in Virginia, there was the “Blue Law”.  Stores could open but they could only sell “essential” items such as milk, bread, food, etc.  The rest of the store had a blue rope hung around the aisles and nothing could be purchased from them.  It was strange to walk around and see whole areas of the store darker with that blue cord wrapped around the merchandise.  You could look but not buy.

Now that I am an older woman, nothing is closed on Sunday.  In fact some stores are open 24 hours a day.  Sunday is just another day to many people.  However; as I read the Bible, Jesus said he came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it.  He said the greatest commandment is this “That you love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself” So now we have to set our own blue law.  Honoring God and resting one day a week as He commanded.    It is health to our body and soul.   God’s commandments are always for our good.

So today, take some time to think about God and your neighbor.  Rest in the Sabbath.

 

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