“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.” (Exodus 20:9-10, NIV)
Jesus took seriously the importance of getting away from pressure. Doing so, He was faithful to His own guidelines given to the nation of Israel centuries earlier, commanding a once-weekly Sabbath rest.
An incident recounted in Matthew 14:13-20reveals that Jesus sometimes found it hard to get away from pressure. Crowds of people all over Israel knew Him as the “Teacher,” and flocked to hear Him as well as to receive the benefits of His healing ministry. When news got out that He was in a place, people gathered.
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