Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy
~ Exodus 20:8-11 ~
The Sabbath day is as old as Creation. On the seventh day, God rested from His creation work, blessed the seventh day, and made it holy (Genesis 2:3).
Later, God commanded His people to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, and to refrain from working during the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11), just as He did.
As Exodus 31:13 states, “Surely my Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.” Verses 16 and 17 of the same chapter continue, “Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He was refreshed.“
The Sabbath day is one of God’s most beautiful gifts to humanity. Not only does it sanctify us, but it rejuvenates us. The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to rest, to cease, to stop. For 24 hours each week, from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset (Leviticus 23:32), we stop our work and our worry. We refocus on God and how to serve Him. The seventh day provides us with a day to rest, to worship, to commune with God, and to spend time with loved ones.
In contrast with the drudgery of the everyday, the Sabbath represents freedom: “And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:14-15).
Hebrews 4 connects the Sabbath rest with the coming kingdom of God after Christ’s return, a universal time of peace, freedom, and cessation from worry and strife.
The Sabbath Church of God takes its name from the gift to us from our Creator. We would love to have you join us in this weekly reminder of the peace of God, of His promises, and of His kingdom.