Commandment #4: Remember the Sabbath

*****I have to be honest on this commandment….I had trouble with this one. Not because I don’t understand what the Sabbath is….but my words seemed to fail me this time around. I know in my head but couldn’t seem to get it translated on here. ******

20 And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


What does remembering the Sabbath mean?

The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “day of rest.”

When God created the world He finished it in 6 days. And on the 7th He rested.

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested[a] from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

Genesis 2:1-3

In order to follow God’s example we must remember that God rested on the 7th day and we should too. Resting on the Sabbath should remind us of our Creator.

What does it mean that God rested? It means at least that he was satisfied that his work of creation was complete and was “very good.” His rest means that he wanted to now stand back as it were in leisure and savor the beauty and completeness of his creative work. —–John Piper

Remembering the Sabbath as it says in the commandment means that we are to…well, remember it! Always. We must realize that God rested on the 7th day so we must too!

“God gave His people Israel a day of rest each week to rejuvenate their bodies and minds. It was to be a time of rest, feasting, and enjoying family. More importantly, He gave it in order to break the day-in, day-out cycle of life, so that Israel would not forget their God and would worship and give thanks to Him on that day.” ( Pastor Kevin Sadler)

What does it mean to “keep it holy?”

“The Sabbath is more than just a day for sleeping and doing nothing.—it’s a day for doing something different; refocusing on God, worshipping and fellowshipping with Christians of like mind.” (Mike Bennett, https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/10-commandments/sabbath/

We must keep it holy meaning we are to set it aside as a day of “God-centered rest.” (John Piper)

It means to “set apart” “consecrate” or “sanctify”

It must be a day where we, as Bennett says , worship the One True God and fellowship with others who also are there to worship the Lord.

When we worship at church we are keeping the Sabbath holy. We are expressing our love for our Creator.

Sunday Rest Initiated by Constantine

For the first three centuries of the church, there was “no expectation that on the Lord’s Day one is to rest from one’s labors”). Roman slaves had to work on that day. Not until Christendom shaped commerce did Sunday become a day of rest.  DAVID SCHROCK

Christendom initiated by Constantine led to the practice of Sabbath-keeping on Sunday.

David Schrock, https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/a-brief-history-of-sunday/

Rest is a gift from God—more, a commandment, the practice of sabbath.

Carol Holbrook