“Six days shall thou labour, and do all thy work. But, on the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord they God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor they son, nor thy daughter, they manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within they gates.” (Exodus 20:9-10)
- stranger (?)
Six: 6 days of work and 1 day of rest, which became known as the Sabbath day – this day is to set aside as a day of religious observance and abstinence from work. Jews observe the Sabbath from Friday evening until Saturday evening, most other Christians set Sunday as the Sabbath. See also Exodus 35:2
Labour: Initiative, work, value of work, by the sweat of the face of their brow shall thy eat bread (Gen 3:19), Prov 13:11 “wealth given by vanity shall be diminished”, whatever you do, do it heartily (Col 3:23), work to eat, to provide, be industrious, serve, perform, might, anxiously engaged, improve, diligently, toil.
Sabbath: The Sabbath was instituted to commemorate God’s day of rest at the Creation & also the redemption from Egyptian bondage (Deut 5:15). On the Sabbath the daily sacrifices were doubled, the loaves of the shrew bread were changed, the people abstained from all manner of work, it was a day of Holy assembly. The Sabbath was a Holy day before the giving of the law, but we have no evidence that it was observed during patriarchal times, but would have existed since the time of Adam. After Christ’s resurrection members of the Church, whether Jews or Gentiles kept Holy the first day of the week as a commemoration of our Lord’s resurrection.
Why we have should observe the Sabbath?
- rest from our labours
- contemplate God’s words
- assemble for public worship
- it is significant in a person’s spiritual development
- decay in a nation’s religious life
- important safeguard
- constant reminder to the individual of spiritual sustenance and duty to God
- symbolic of the mighty works of God
- witness to the world
Stranger: Foreigner, hospitality, sojourner. Those who were not of your religion or land, strangers shall be joined with the seed of God – witness against those who turn away a stranger (Mal 3:5; 3 Nephi 24:5) People who are not of the covenant. We should take of those who are strangers to us.
“The word is frequently used to denote a man of non-Israelite birth, resident in the promised land with the permission of the Israelite authorities. There were various provisions made in the law regarding the treatment of strangers, all of which were intended to secure for them justified and fair treatment – Ex 12:19 – no work on the Sabbath day; Ex 12:48 – keep the passover, circumcised as it was one law for all, Lev 17:12 – no soul shall eat blood…offer sacrifices for sin to be forgiven. Num 15:15-16 – one ordination for Israelite or Stranger, Deut 1:16 shall be judged with the same judgement, Deut 10:19 love the stranger.” (Bible Dictionary, LDS King James Version).
Things to be Grateful for on the Sabbath day
- sacrament meeting
- meeting together with others of the same faith
- partaking of the sacrament
- a feeling of forgiveness
- love and appreciation for the Saviour
- a blessing of love
- the Holy Ghost will always be with you
- we should cheerfully fulfill our duties
- simple service
- church buildings
- growth of the Lord’s church
- riches of eternity
- trial of faith
- knowing that my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ loves me
- knowing God will honour our covenants
- joy in the Sabbath
While pondering these verses, it became apparent to me that there two sides to it; work and rest or work and the Sabbath. God worked for 6 day/periods of time to create the earth, the skies, the solar system, everything in or around the earth, but on the seventh day he rests and allowed all that he had created to rest too.
If we are working in the Lord’s way, it is important that we take a day in every week, every seventh day, to rest. On every day we should give thanks unto the Lord, but the Sabbath day should spent in grateful worship, for all that we have, including the money to provide what we need every day.
To Do List
- make a commitment to rest one day in every seven
- make a commitment to spend that day in gratitude for all that you have been given