At New Life Masih Ghar we are preaching through the 10 commandments this winter. Throughout this sermon series we have been reminding folks over and over that the 10 commandments are not rules that we follow so that God will be pleased with us. They are guidelines for the good life.
I find it interesting that the 4th commandment is the only one which states that we should help others obey it. None of the other commandments say things like “make sure your son doesn’t commit adultery” or “don’t let your servants steal from your neighbors.”
But verse 10 of Exodus 20 reads:
On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
Does this mean I’m responsible my kids and the people who work for me?
Yes, because God cares about justice. He knows that if given a chance, most people in authority will work those under them as much as possible.
The God of the bible is a God of justice. Here He lets us know that if we are in a position of power, then we can’t use our authority to squeeze people as hard as we can. There is a limit to how hard we can push those under us, especially the poor and the immigrant.
This pattern of life that God sets of all people – work and rest – is good for you and it’s good for those around you.