Remember the Sabbath


Exodus 20:8-11 (KJV): “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

COMMENTARY: In this passage, the Lord tells His people to work six days and rest on the seventh. In today’s world, we see two extremes: people who never seem to comprehend that hard work is a reality of life going all the way back to Genesis, and workaholics who never seem to slow down and take a break. There is great wisdom in setting apart one day a week for worship and rest.

APPLICATION: Before you ask for more time off, ask yourself:

(1) WHAT IS MY ATTITUDE ABOUT WORK? The expectation that you can get out of working altogether is not realistic. Get that simple fact down, and life will be much more pleasurable. You won’t spend years fighting God about it.

(2) DO I HONOR THE SABBATH? God has already given you 52 days a year (over seven weeks) of time off each year. To work seven days a week is not healthy. Our minds and bodies must be recharged on a regular basis.

Joyfully yours,


For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Exodus 20:8-11 (KJV),read Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep It Holy. Six Days You Shall Labor (Exodus 20:8-11) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.