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Why was the Sabbath so important in Moses’ day?

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.
“Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.”  Exodus 31:12-15
            In the time of Moses, you needed to work every day to get through life.  Today, many conveniences make our lives easier (washing machines, microwaves, computers, etc.).   For the Israelites back then, not working meant not eating, so to completely stop everything and do nothing but reflect on God was a huge act of trust.
            This was a sign of great devotion to God.  Even today, some feel they need to work around the clock.  Back then, God was preparing a great nation to do great things and he wanted their hearts right.  That’s why God enforced it so seriously.  He needed them to trust him completely.
            For us today, we can stop striving and start trusting.  God will provide your needs if you take a day off for him.