The Sabbath Day

God Himself pointed to Creation as the reason for weekly rest and worship on the seventh day when He placed the Sabbath squarely in the middle of His Ten Commandments.

            “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11)

            Here, in the very heart of His Ten Commandment law, God tells us which day is His holy Sabbath—the seventh day. He tells us how we are to keep it and why, and we can look through Scripture from cover to cover without finding any other day that God has asked us to keep holy. The reason is that, according to the Bible, this is the only day God even made holy. When you come to think of it, we can’t really keep a day holy that God has not made holy, can we?

            That’s why He specifies clearly, “the seventh day.” No other can commemorate Creation because no other day did God bless and make holy at the close of Creation week.

            It’s like your birthday. Unless you were born on June 14, you don’t celebrate your birthday the day after you were born. Or the day before. Only your birthday, the day you were born, can truly commemorate your birth. If it doesn’t really matter to you when you celebrate your birthday, just try holding your child’s birthday party on some other day.

            One of the most exciting stories of the Old Testament is the story of how God delivered the Hebrew people out of Egyptian slavery and brought them into their own land of Canaan. He worked miracles to humble Pharaoh’s heart and cause him to let the people go. Then He parted the Red Sea for them and gave them bread from heaven and water from a rock. He made a covenant with them to be their God if they would be His people.

            What God did for the Hebrews in delivering them from slavery and establishing them in their own land represents what He wants to do for you and me in delivering us from the slavery of sin and bringing us into the Promised land of eternity. The word Sabbath literally means “rest.” So it is an appropriate symbol of God’s rest following the six days of Creation. Change your life and start keeping the Sabbath day.