When God rescued the people of Israel from their slavery in Egypt, God told them: “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that . . . [you] may be refreshed” (Exodus 23:12).
Since the end of the academic year, I have been working hard, trying to finish an article that is already overdue and trying to finish a manuscript for another book. After several days of work, the time to rest has arrived.
In the next several days I will be away from my office, enjoying some quality time with my grandchildren. It will be a time of rest and relaxation. I am taking a book to read while I am away. My goal is to rest and be refreshed, just as the Lord commanded. When I come back, it will be a race to finish the article and to work on my manuscript.
Since I have been commanded to rest and be refreshed, I will take a few days away from blogging too. Maybe, by taking this time off, some of you may visit the Archive page of my blog and find a few posts that you have not read yet. Read them. I can guarantee you will enjoy them.
I hope you have a great summer. If you have not yet taken a few days to rest and be refreshed, do so. Remember, this is a command from the Lord. All of us need a time of relaxation. So, take some time off, rest, and be refreshed. After that, come back and let us continue our dialogue. There is so much to talk and learn about the Old Testament and I always welcome your input.
I will see you in a few days.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary