Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exodus 20:9-10
Every working creature needs a Sabbath rest—that goes for people, animals, and even the soil! People and animals need a break every seven days, and even the soil prospers with a break at least every seven years. Every wise farmer understands the need to put fields and crops in rotation so the soil can replenish at least one growing season every seven years.
Dr. Mark Virkler cited a study comparing two identical farming soils. One was farmed continuously for eight years while the other was allowed to stand fallow contained 1.097 parts per million (ppm) nutritional solids, while the fallow or rested field soil yielded an astounding 2,871 ppm of nutritional solids! That is almost two-thirds more nutritional solids than the over-farmed soil! (Mark and Patti Virkler, Eden’s Health Plan—Go Natural! [Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 1994], 64; citing Max Gerson, A Cancer Therapy [Bonita, CA: The Gerson Institute, 1990], 176-181)
Elmer Josephson noted that the anti-God government that seized the reigns of France after the bloody French Revolution decided to increase the entire nation from a seven-day workweek to a ten-day cycle. Before long, the nation’s horses and mules became diseased and died at alarming rates. After scientists investigated, “they found that a return to the seventh day principle was necessary to physical welfare, health, and long life. . .as someone has said, ‘The donkey taught the atheists a lesson in practical theology.’”
(Josephson, God’s Key to Health and Happiness, 163 cited in Rubin, Jordan S., The Maker’s Diet, Siloam, Lake Mary, Florida, 2004, pgs. 167-168)