Sacred: Week 5
“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
We continued our series on the Ten Commandments this week as we looked at the fourth commandment. In Exodus 20:8-11, God declares that the Sabbath is to remain sacred. As Russell walked us through this commandment, we started with the simple question: “What does Sabbath mean?”. In the text it is clear that it was meant as a full 24-hour period of rest that was intended to be set apart (or holy) for rest and recovery. God wanted the nation of Israel to be set apart from the nations around it and the simple act of setting aside a day that they would not engage in trade or commerce and rest helped to do that.
We also looked at the question of “why should we remember the Sabbath”? This question can be answered by looking back at Genesis 1 and 2 where we see that God’s work at Creation was completed in six days and then He took a day to rest and enjoy His work. He models for the nation of Israel (and for us) the need to do the same. In doing so we are able to reflect on God as our Source, our Provider, and our Calmer.
Lastly, Russell asked the question, “How should we Sabbath?” The key here is the word “remember”. We are to actively remember – to move toward obedience in our remembering – that God is our Source, our Provider, and our Calmer. In doing so, we can reflect on the goodness of God in His provision of Jesus through His death, burial and resurrection. Through that act of provision we are able to enter into an eternal rest with God and for that reason we should actively remember His completed work regularly.
How can you practice the Sabbath better this week? We’d love to have a conversation about how you can have eternal rest with Jesus and how you can connect to His people. Reach out to us via email and let’s start a conversation.