Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Fourth Law-word

It must be remembered that an important aspect of the fourth law-word is this, "Six days thou shalt labour," i.e., six days are set aside for work. There is a positive command, therefore, to work. The creation mandate declared to man, "Be fruitful, multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; bear rule over the fish of the sea; over the birds of the air and over every living, moving creature on earth" (Gen. 1:28, Berkely Version). This mandate was declared before the fall. The duties of fertility, work, and dominion were established thus before the fall; they continued after the fall, but with a serious impediment. Without regenerating grace, man cannot keep God's law and discharge his duties. The redeemed man's work is not an attempt to create a paradise on earth, but to fulfill God's requirements within the kingdom. The redeemed man is a citizen of the Kingdom of God, and he abides by the laws therefore: this is his work, his duty, and his path to dominion. The Fact of the sabbath presupposes the fact of work.

R.J. Rushdoony
R. J. Rushdoony
R. J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.147.(1973)
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