Let's begin at the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20.
The sabbath commandment is number 4 and is found in verses 8–11. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
When God blesses a man, the man becomes rich with blessings. He made it a source of blessing, and he made it to focus on himself.
When he blesses a land, the land becomes rich with blessings. Isn't it obvious that the hallowing is included in the blessing and the blessing is included in the hallowing.
Keep the day holy by keeping the focus on the holy God. One Out of Every Seven Third, the holy rest day should be one out of every seven. You miss the point if you try to keep the business running by using servants or animals or relatives. It is based on God's rest after creation: "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it." This is taken from Genesis 2:2–3.
Keeping It Holy Second, "Keep it holy," means set it aside from all other days as special.Specifically, as verse 10 says, keep it "to the Lord," or "for the Lord." In other words, the rest is not to be aimless rest, but God-centered rest.Attention is to be directed to God in a way that is more concentrated and steady than on ordinary days. No Fudging Fourth, no fudging on the commandment by saying, "Well, I will keep it, but I will put my maid to work, or set my ox to threshing with a carrot in front of his nose at 6 PM the evening of the sabbath so that it will thresh the grain all day while I rest." God says, No. God's Rest After Creation Fifth, verse 11 leads us to the basic point of the commandment.right, it raises the further question what special place Sunday should have in the life of a Christian, especially for those who regularly worship on Saturday evening.To help us answer these questions, I want us to try to get an overview of the biblical teaching on the sabbath.
So when he blesses a day, that day becomes rich with blessings. "Hallows" is the same word as "sanctifies." It means set the day aside for special focus on what is holy, namely, God and his holy works. When you hallow God and focus your attention on him, you receive more blessing than if you keep on busying yourself seven days a week with secular affairs, thinking that professional advancement and money are the route to true happiness.