As a child, I memorized the Ten Commandments. But it wasn’t until adulthood that I made connections to why those rules in particular are so important. Last night, I was examining the fourth commandment in particular – the Sabbath Day.
Most of the commands are succint. Exodus 13:13 has three short words, “Do not murder.” But explaining the Sabbath as the fourth command takes up four verses.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work – you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the foreigner who is within your gates. For the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.
– Exodus 20:8-11
I’m going to use a couple passages in Scripture to answer a few key questions about the Sabbath to help us better apply it in our lives.