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Wednesday, April 24 2019
A Bible Journey, 179: Labour Laws Of The Fourth Commandment
"Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work ... But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel"
The people of the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) are commanded to be personally responsible and self-sufficient as best that they are able. The Fourth Commandment, which is a two part Commandment, is about resting on the Seventh Day from the work that is commanded to be done on the six work days: "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work" (see The Fourth Commandment Is About Every Day).
"20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 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: 20:11 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 20:8-11 KJV)
Further, the LORD commanded those who were able to work to help those, who through no fault or irresponsibility of their own, were unable to work or to provide for themselves. The "gleaner's law" (see The Gleaner's Law) provided able-bodied unemployed people with a dignified means to work to provide food for themselves and their families, just as the Israelites had to work to gather manna in the wilderness during the six work days.
So too, according to the Fifth Commandment (see also God The Father In Law and A Bible Journey, 122: The Salvation Training Manual), the elderly were cared for by their own families and clans - just as they are still today in many so-called "primitive" societies.
"20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12 KJV)
Everyone with means was expected to help those who could not work - in contrast to those who would not work i.e. "3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." (2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV).
"15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land." (Deuteronomy 15:11 KJV)
The system of tithing of crop produce was also established for the same purpose, for "When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase."
"26:1 And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein; 26:2 That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there. 26:3 And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us. 26:4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God. 26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous: 26:6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: 26:7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: 26:8 And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders: 26:9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey. 26:10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God: 26:11 And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.
Fact Finder: When did Jesus Christ create the six days of work and the seventh day of rest?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 24
1184 BC: The traditional date of the fall of Troy, the ancient city in Asia Minor that was the site of the Trojan War.
1533: William the Silent, prince of Orange, was born. He led the revolution against Spanish rule and helped create an independent Netherlands.
1547: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V defeated the Protestants at Muehlberg, near Leipzig, Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1558: Mary Queen of Scots, at age 16, married the dauphin of France, the future Francois II.
1877: Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire of Turkey occupied and controlled much of the Middle East, including the land of Israel for centuries - until British forces liberated the region at the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1884: Otto von Bismarck cabled Capetown to inform them that South Africa was then a German colony (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1898: Spain declared war on the United States after receiving a U.S. ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1906: William Joyce, U.S.-born British Nazi collaborator during the Second World War, was born. He broadcast German propaganda to Britain, where he earned the nickname "Lord Haw-Haw." He was later hanged for treason.
1916: Ernest Shackleton, along with five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, began a rescue, from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean, of the ice-trapped ship Endurance.
1916: The Easter Rising in Dublin, an insurrection aimed at setting up an Irish Republic, began.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the first tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France; British Mark IVs versus German A7Vs.
1921: The Tyrol region of central Europe voted for union with Germany.
1932: Nazis made German election gains in Prussia, Bavaria, Wurttemberg and Hamburg (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Allied troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp.
1950: The Kingdom of Jordan was formed by the union of Jordanian-occupied Palestine and the Kingdom of Transjordan ("Transjordan" means across the Jordan; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration; see also Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
1953: Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1957: The Suez Canal was reopened after UNEF peace keepers entered the region (see also A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today).
1967: Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his spacecraft crashed in Russia after 17 orbits of the earth.
1980: Eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw, an attempt by President Jimmy Carter to rescue the seized CIA "hostages" in Iran.
1981: The "IBM Personal Computer" was introduced.
1986: The Duchess of Windsor, born in the U.S. as Wallis Warfield, died at age 89. Her marriage, as a divorced woman, to King Edward VIII led to his abdication in 1936.
1990: The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into Earth orbit by NASA. Soon after launch, it was discovered that the U.S.-built telescope had defective optics (the primary light-gathering mirror was the wrong shape) that would later require major in-orbit repairs - in effect, giving the nearsighted new telescope glasses.
1990: West and East Germany agreed to merge their currency and economies on the next July 1 (see also The Birth Of The Dollar).
1992: Scientists working with the COBE satellite announced that their data showed hot and cold "ripples" in space which indicated proof of the "big bang". Stephen Hawking called it "the discovery of the century, if not all time." Project leader George Smoot said, "If you are religious, it's like looking at God" (see also The Christian Universe).
1996: Russian President Boris Yeltsin met Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the start of a visit to Beijing hailed by both sides as signaling a new relationship between them.
2005: Joseph Ratzinger became the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Benedict XVI (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).