Ten Commandmenst (4)


12 “‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 You shall remember that you were a slave[c] in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.


The world moves forward in darkness and sin. Part of the life of a believer is to be set apart (holy) as an example for those in the darkness to find the light (Jesus). Although taking a Sabbath day for church activity is the obvious interpretation to this command it speaks to much more. A day to commune in fellowship with other believers is the opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge of the word of God as a member of the church body. A day of rest is also part of keeping the body God gave you and the family God gave you healthy. As the ways of the fallen word creep in we find our health and family relationships suffering due to lack of attention. God desires that we slow down and focus on Him and His provisions for us. Being thankful for what we have and God’s guidance is an important part of the Christian walk. The time discussed here also must speak to the need to be alone and still with God in prayer. This could be taken as a Sabbath time taken each day in fellowship with God who speaks to us in our silence and stillness. This commandment is God’s way of keeping us in pace with Him and not moving in accordance with our desires. The goal is to match the pace and will of God and not the foulness of this world. (Psalm 46:10) 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

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