Read pp. 308-322 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, Work, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. In our society, retirement is touted as a thing to work for. Is retiring by the age of 65 a Biblical concept? Is there any correlation with the elderly members of our society being viewed as inept and burdensome, related to this idea of retirement? How about euthanasia?
2. Can a store clerk, a plumber, or a telephone operator classify their work as restorational? In what ways are their tasks religious and moral?
3. How does this concept of work as a restorational function tied into Proverbs 31? How does this concept tie into the role of a helpmeet?
4. Is it accurate to say that man does not have to search for his calling that God through His Word has told all men what their callings are? Why do so many seem clueless regarding calling today?
5. Should a man be pursuing his calling before he takes a wife? Should a woman promise herself to a man who does not have a recognized and active calling?
6. How is becoming educated tied in with the restorational aspect of work?
7. Bach used to adorn his compositional works with the inscription on the top – All for the Honor and Glory of God. How might we apply this concept in conjunction with this section’s main message?
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