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Do No Regular Work

I'm reading through the Bible in a year, and I was reading through Leviticus and noticed an interesting trend.  There seems to be a recurring theme.  See if you can catch it in these verses.

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Do No Regular Work



Leviticus 23
3 There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD.

7 On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.

8 For seven days present an offering made to the LORD by fire. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.

21 On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no  regular work.

22 When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field.

24 On the first day of the seventh month you are to have *a day of rest.*

25 Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.

28 Do no work on that day,

29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people.

30 I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day.

31 You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

32 It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves.

35 The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.

36 For seven days present offerings made to the LORD by fire, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work.


Now I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but God seems to have some feelings about this topic. God speaks often about hard work, and the value of labor. As Americans, we seem to believe that is ALL that God values. The Lord is also careful to instruct us about rest and taking time off. Even though HE did not require rest, as we do, he still modeled the behavior for us when he created the World. He created the Sabbath for a weekly time of rest and rejuvenating. He also scattered the calendar with regular vacation days. He also appointed some very special years that included very special days off. And the Lord felt it was important enough to include in his Word to us. It's as if he thought we might forget ...

When you are homeschooling, remember to take a break. Take a break each week. Take regular breaks throughout the year. Take a longer break at least once, for example summer vacation.  Plan for breaks, so that you work hard on educating your children during the "yes, do regular work" times. Then take a break to relax and renew so you're ready to work hard again.

The Lord is clearly telling us to take some time off and DO NO REGULAR WORK at least once each week. Yes, work hard. Yes, labor and do your best. Yes, the efforts of homeschooling are so very important! But don't forget the counter-balance that keeps us sane; rest. It's also a clear instruction that we are called to obey.

What regular breaks do you take in your homeschool? Please share!

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Comments 14

Guest - Anne on Friday, 21 August 2015 18:49

Thank you for sharing this Lee.It is a part of the law that we have been too quick to dismiss, and we're the ones who miss the blessing! I so desperately need this balance in my daily/weekly scedule this new school year. If not, my whole family will suffer. And I can much better minister to them and enjoy life when I am peaceful and rested and not anxious, and remembering to stop and breathe and have a thankful heart.

Thank you for sharing this Lee.It is a part of the law that we have been too quick to dismiss, and we're the ones who miss the blessing! I so desperately need this balance in my daily/weekly scedule this new school year. If not, my whole family will suffer. And I can much better minister to them and enjoy life when I am peaceful and rested and not anxious, and remembering to stop and breathe and have a thankful heart.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 24 August 2015 10:24

Dear Anne,
Aren't we all desperately in need of balance, structure and grace? What a loving Father we have, that he is mindful of our need for rest!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Dear Anne, Aren't we all desperately in need of balance, structure and grace? What a loving Father we have, that he is mindful of our need for rest! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Christine on Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:57

This is very timely for me. I have become burned out due to NOT resting well, not taking a break from regular work. I am overhauling my schedule this summer so as to fix this. Going full speed all the time wears me out so that I have nothing left to give anyone - I have just been in survival mode through this past school year. Thst hurts my relationship with my kids, my husband, God, and myself. Resting on the sabbath is not possible for everyone - I work at a church! Sundays are full of work, and Easter and Christmas are insane!

This is very timely for me. I have become burned out due to NOT resting well, not taking a break from regular work. I am overhauling my schedule this summer so as to fix this. Going full speed all the time wears me out so that I have nothing left to give anyone - I have just been in survival mode through this past school year. Thst hurts my relationship with my kids, my husband, God, and myself. Resting on the sabbath is not possible for everyone - I work at a church! Sundays are full of work, and Easter and Christmas are insane!
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Thursday, 09 July 2015 15:25

Oh Christine!
I have been there. For me personally, the Lord allowed my stress to show me that I was spreading myself too thin. I came to the realization that my FIRST ministry was my children and husband. That's a tough one, because many people would disagree. That realization made me re-prioritize, and I was a better wife and mama because of it. Homeschooling is a BIG chunk of our lives, and reducing the amount of "extras" we do can save our sanity!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Oh Christine! I have been there. For me personally, the Lord allowed my stress to show me that I was spreading myself too thin. I came to the realization that my FIRST ministry was my children and husband. That's a tough one, because many people would disagree. That realization made me re-prioritize, and I was a better wife and mama because of it. Homeschooling is a BIG chunk of our lives, and reducing the amount of "extras" we do can save our sanity! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Susan Evans on Friday, 27 March 2015 11:28

I love how you highlighted "Do no regular work" so many times in the passage, and the fact that God would destroy those who disobeyed the command to rest. I wonder if we are inadvertently destroying ourselves when we fail to rest.

I love how you highlighted "Do no regular work" so many times in the passage, and the fact that God would destroy those who disobeyed the command to rest. I wonder if we are inadvertently destroying ourselves when we fail to rest.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Friday, 27 March 2015 14:03

Good point, Susan!
I really think so too.
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Good point, Susan! I really think so too. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Marjie on Saturday, 20 July 2013 12:30

I think the word "regular" is usually ignored by most of us. That is, Sunday is "different". We go to church, maybe see family, maybe have other activities that we don't do during the week. But do we also mow the lawn? Do we clean the bathroom because we didn't get it done Saturday? Do we finish up that project--woodworking, scrapbooking, writing, painting, yard, etc.? Are these "rest"? Yes, if we have a family, "rest" seems out of reach, anyway. But I rest when I deliberately ignore the high grass or the weedy flower bed and instead, read a chapter in the book I'm reading; play a game with my child; take a walk with my husband; call my elderly mother.
Lev. 23:32--It is a sabbath of rest for you and you must deny yourselves.
Interesting.
Thanks for this article!

I think the word "regular" is usually ignored by most of us. That is, Sunday is "different". We go to church, maybe see family, maybe have other activities that we don't do during the week. But do we also mow the lawn? Do we clean the bathroom because we didn't get it done Saturday? Do we finish up that project--woodworking, scrapbooking, writing, painting, yard, etc.? Are these "rest"? Yes, if we have a family, "rest" seems out of reach, anyway. But I rest when I deliberately ignore the high grass or the weedy flower bed and instead, read a chapter in the book I'm reading; play a game with my child; take a walk with my husband; call my elderly mother. Lev. 23:32--It is a sabbath of rest for you and you must deny yourselves. Interesting. Thanks for this article!
Guest - Jennifer (website) on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 05:40

The kids and I have been going through a book called, "Why the Ten Commandments Matter," and we just finished the chapter on the Sabbath. Thank you for this reference in Leviticus. Very powerful! My heart (and body) is ready for a "holy" rest!
Jennifer

The kids and I have been going through a book called, "Why the Ten Commandments Matter," and we just finished the chapter on the Sabbath. Thank you for this reference in Leviticus. Very powerful! My heart (and body) is ready for a "holy" rest! Jennifer
Guest - A Day (or a Weekend) of Rest (website) on Monday, 30 January 2012 04:06

[...] afternoon on Facebook, I saw an article from Lee Binz, the Homescholar. It was exactly what I needed to read. The Lord is clearly tell us to take some time off and DO NO [...]

[...] afternoon on Facebook, I saw an article from Lee Binz, the Homescholar. It was exactly what I needed to read. The Lord is clearly tell us to take some time off and DO NO [...]
Guest - Tina on Sunday, 29 January 2012 21:52

We regularly keep the Sabbath holy-it is a HUGE blessing for our whole family. We got to church, have friends over for lunch and/or do something in nature. The hardest thing I think we all struggle with is keeping our focus off the daily stuff and onto HIM!

We regularly keep the Sabbath holy-it is a HUGE blessing for our whole family. We got to church, have friends over for lunch and/or do something in nature. The hardest thing I think we all struggle with is keeping our focus off the daily stuff and onto HIM!
Guest - carrie on Saturday, 28 January 2012 14:23

Yikes! I struggle with this SOOOOOOOOOO much. Resting. I need it, I know. I need put more effort into resting ;o) Thank you for the post, I needed that reminder.

Yikes! I struggle with this SOOOOOOOOOO much. Resting. I need it, I know. I need put more effort into resting ;o) Thank you for the post, I needed that reminder.
Guest - Dee on Tuesday, 01 June 2010 18:13

Thank you! I am thoroughly enjoying your refreshing posts. Respect and honoring the Word of G-d above all is most important. I tell my kids that first we must be productive in some way the 6 days before we get to rest! Too often the modern-day American weekend (100 yrs old or less?) is opposed to Scripture and we are programmed to feel like we deserve to be lazy 2 days in a row. We just started "resting" and keeping the Sabbath holy and it is SO NICE :-)

(KJV+) SixH8337 daysH3117 shall workH4399 be done:H6213

Thank you! I am thoroughly enjoying your refreshing posts. Respect and honoring the Word of G-d above all is most important. I tell my kids that first we must be productive in some way the 6 days before we get to rest! Too often the modern-day American weekend (100 yrs old or less?) is opposed to Scripture and we are programmed to feel like we deserve to be lazy 2 days in a row. We just started "resting" and keeping the Sabbath holy and it is SO NICE :-) (KJV+) SixH8337 daysH3117 shall workH4399 be done:H6213
Guest - Karla on Saturday, 17 April 2010 21:01

Interesting how God keeps bringing this to my attention in the last couple of weeks. I am definitely feeling the need for a time of no work just to contemplate and to be with God. The problem for me seems to be actually doing it.

Interesting how God keeps bringing this to my attention in the last couple of weeks. I am definitely feeling the need for a time of no work just to contemplate and to be with God. The problem for me seems to be actually doing it.
Guest - J W on Monday, 12 April 2010 17:50

It's really great for the children and I to have some time together when they don't have to relate to me as "teacher." Also, I've always homeschooled according to the weather - working hard during crummy weather and goofing off during nice weather (especially during low tides). Believe me, it's saved our sanity!

It's really great for the children and I to have some time together when they don't have to relate to me as "teacher." Also, I've always homeschooled according to the weather - working hard during crummy weather and goofing off during nice weather (especially during low tides). Believe me, it's saved our sanity!
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