“Then He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath”” (Mark 27-28).
Among the Ten Commandments, there is one commandment that is most ignored by people. It is also the only commandment that does not start with “You shall not” thus making it in the positive voice.
This commandment is what most people consider as a burden and will do EVERYTHING to do away with it but illogically still will keep the other nine. If you have read the title, you guessed it! It’s the fourth commandment:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
So many people assume that the seventh day of the week is Sunday. As a matter of fact, if you ask someone what day is the seventh day, they will most likely answer Sunday. But are you really sure? This might be a shock to you but SATURDAY is the seventh day of the week and not and will never be Sunday! Check your calendar again to be sure!
Though the majority of this world’s professing Christians does not keep the Sabbath, the power of the Fourth Commandment cannot be denied. It is created by the Supreme God who knows our frame and has given us this commandment for our own benefit. So here is a list of the top 5 awesome benefits of keeping the Sabbath Day or the Fourth Commandment.
5. The Sabbath is the day of rest.
“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…” (Exodus 20:9-10).
The term Sabbath itself literally means, “Rest”. Thus, when God finished the re-creation, He rested from His work on the seventh day, setting us an example. God does not need to rest but we, His created being, need physical rest and set a day aside within the week to refrain from work.
God knows that our body is not meant to work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Even 8 hours of sleep per day will not be enough to refresh our bodies and reset our biological clock. Experts in the medical field know this that we need rest and this is mandatorily done during the Sabbath. Therefore, we can rest during the Sabbath without that guilt feeling of being lazy.
4. The Sabbath is a time to fellowship with like-minded Christians.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
I heard someone said, “Christians who keep the Sabbath spends 1/7th of their life on idleness”. This is a remark made out of COMPLETE ignorance of what the Sabbath really means.
But was that man right? The fact of the matter is that the Sabbath is not all about rest. You can find in the Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers specific commands that we should have a holy convocation – a meeting – on the Sabbath day. It actually mentioned that aside from the weekly Sabbath, there are other annual Sabbaths – which are reserved for another topic. For the purpose of this discussion, let’s read Leviticus 23:3.
“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly…”
Having fellowship with like-minded people can encourage us. Life as Christian is very tough and it is tougher if you do it alone. Thus, God encourages us to assemble together every Sabbath so that we can admonish and edify one another.
3. The Sabbath is a time for family bonding.
“… 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” (Exodus 20:10).
Everyone is commanded to observe the Sabbath. NO EXEMPTION. Even the animals are given a Sabbath, a rest. Everyone is commanded to refrain from work and business routine. Because of this, everyone is endowed with an unhurried time to spend for family bonding. It is the perfect time to ask your children how they are doing in school or in their personal lives.
Conversely, the children can also reconnect with their family and share their experience throughout the week. Is the gap between you and your children ever increasing? Keep the Sabbath.
2. The Sabbath brings blessing.
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day… If you call the Sabbath a delight… and not doing as you please… then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob. The mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 58:13-14).
Instead of calling it a burden, the Sabbath is truly a delight. When you follow God’s commandment and its intent, you will be blessed because following the commandments comes with a GREAT blessing. When you keep the Sabbath, you are invoking the divine intervention of God in your life. You can always come to Him and claim the promises that He gave us as long as it is according to His will. If we observe the Sabbath, this world will have better families, better citizens, better government, better economic system, better world order because we have decided to revolve our lives around God by keeping His commandments.
1. The Sabbath is the time to know God.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
The Sabbath is a special time for God. It is your date and appointment to your supreme and loving Father. During the Sabbath, it is when the pastors, ministers, and servants of God meet together and deliver messages about God and His way of life. Aside from daily prayer and fasting, the Sabbath is the perfect day to set more time in hearing messages and learning more about God. It is set aside for religious instructions and admonitions. The Sabbath will lead you back to the creation week and will remind you that God is our creator and He wants to develop a strong and intimate relationship with us.
Here are the top 5 awesome benefits of keeping the Sabbath day and you will only enjoy all these benefits if you are going to really observe the Sabbath just the way God has intended it to be. Though this world is keeping different days, time will come that everyone will observe the Sabbath day and by that time, we will all experience its full benefits… May God speed that day!