[CF Devotionals] 2010-03-27 - The Call to Honor the Sabbath

The Ten Commandments, Part 19

The Fourth Commandment

Sabbath: “The divinely instituted day of rest, ordained for all men.;” (Davis).  1

Interestingly enough the American Heritage Dictionary defines it this way:

  1. The seventh day of the week, Saturday, observed as the day of rest and worship by the Jews and some Christian sects.
  2. The first day of the week, Sunday, observed as the day of rest and worship by most Christians. 2

The standard misconception of much of the church is carried into the dictionary, the Christian Sabbath is Sunday. Davis takes us back to Genesis 2:1-3 as the support for the Sabbath.

““Thus the heavens and the Earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh da,y he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
“This passage doesn’t speak to the Sabbath, but does establish the principle of a day of rest. The Sabbath it self is an expansion of this principle, as we can see from Exodus 31:13-17:

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.

Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people. For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death. The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come, as a lasting covenant. It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the Earth, and on the seventh da,y he abstained from work and rested.’””

  1. Davis Dictionary of the Bible, Royal Publishers, Inc., Nashville , TN , 1973.
  2. The American Heritage Electronic Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, © 1992.

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