Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none. (Exodus 16:26)
There is a very simple lesson in our text. It goes along with the fourth commandment, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” (1) Here is the lesson, work in obedience to the Lord. Work diligently and faithfully. Work up to six days a week, but set aside one day every week as a Sabbath. This is God’s plan for man. He is the Creator. He knows His creation and He says that we need to take a day of rest every week. This is the purpose of the Sabbath. God has created it for us. Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”(2) We can go ahead and work seven days a week, but we will not prosper in it. Our text basically says, if you work on the day of rest, there will be nothing to gather. You need that day. You need a full planned day of resting in the Lord and the best day to do so is the Lord’s day.