Out of all the ten commandments given in the book of Exodus, the most ignored is the fourth commandment which speaks about Sabbath. The book of Exodus 20:8-10 says “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. Many Christians tend to dismiss Sabbath has unimportant and mundane which is not what God intended us to do. Understanding Sabbath and observing it right is as important as any other commandment.
WHAT IS SABBATH?
Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and worship, commended by God to be kept as holy. Genesis 2:2-3 says “And on the seventh day, God ended His work which He had done and He rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had done. Then God blesses the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work…”. God surely didn’t need to rest, he neither sleeps nor slumbers, but He needed to be an example to us all.
WHAT DAY IS THE SABBATH?
What is the true day of Sabbath and what does the Bible say about it, in Exodus 20:10, the Lord said “but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God…”. This suggest Sabbath is on Saturday as it is the seventh day, so why do we the 21st century Christians do all the thinkable house chores on Saturday then worship and rest on Sunday? In Luke 4:16, Jesus went into a synagogue in Nazareth to preach on Sabbath. The Bible goes on to explain to us in Act 17:1-3 that Paul also taught in the synagogue on Sabbath days, if Christ and Paul kept the seventh day Sabbath, why do we worship on Sundays. Have followers of Jesus always worshiped on Sunday? It has been ingrained in your mindset that we must go to church on Sunday, but is Sunday really Sabbath? I have always believed that Saturday is a day to work and Sundays to rest and worship God, but now a question comes to mind; was the day of rest and worship changed? You can read more about the gradual move of Sabbath day to Sunday here
BENEFITS OF KEEPING THE SABBATH DAY HOLY
The Bible explains in Mark 2:27 that Sabbath was made for man. Asides from resting and being free from any burden which is the physical benefit Christians enjoy by observing Sabbath, there are other benefits that can be enjoyed.
Isaiah 58:13-14 says “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and can the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father…”.
God also promised that there would be a sign that would show us He is the Lord our God in Ezekiel 20:20, and He also promised to sanctify us in verse 12.
Sabbath also creates and strengthens family ties and friendship, when a person spends time away from work, it creates a positive effect on his relationships. Those who take Sabbath seriously tend to live a happier life as they healthier. If you haven’t been observing it, you should give it a try.