The fourth commandment reads exactly like this, ““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)
Persons who are accustomed to the observance of the Sabbath commandment will bear witness with me that it’s a relief other than a burden as some suppose. And the Bible is even explicit about this excellent relief from stress, “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his (Ref. Genesis 2:1-3)*.” Hebrews 4:10.
The Biblical narative of God resting after creation is a par example to today’s man whose time seems a drop of water on the tongue. All of us need a break from the pressure of time. We are stressed. We have headaches. We are limited by sleep. Tasks amass over each flash of a second. We miss our breakfast. Midnight is our last meal for the day. The items are endless. In the nut shell, we all feel the painful torture of time pressure which sometimes even seems taking away the good fellowship we have with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Oh how sweet to welcome the commandment of rest. A time when I am free from all labour and care. A time when I meet friends and family members in holy celebration of joy and fellowship. A time when I can sing aloud to my Creator. A time of prayer, fellowship and worship. Oh what a blessed day! The divine schedule of the Sabbath hours is an incredible blessing to humankind.
It’s really stressful to break the fourth commandment. I now understand the wisdom of God. I first didn’t understand why rest is part of the commandment. But seeing many dieing of stress and hypertension, it makes sense to me. seeing persons taking their breakfast in trains and busses, it makes sense to me. Seeing people forfeiting prayer and morning devotion, it makes sense to me. Fix your own personal add and see how dearly you need God’s sabbath.
Welcome to God’s Holy day of rest. 24 hours of peace and meditation. Happy Sabbath to you all.