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|
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