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A friend and I were discussing the Bible the other day, and we got to talking about how to observe the Sabbath. Why did God tell us to set aside one day out of seven? Is it supposed to be a day of rest, or is it supposed to be for worship and other church activities?


God told us to set aside one day out of seven for a very good reason: He knew we needed it. If we work all the time, not only will we wear out physically, but we’ll also neglect our relationship with God.

This is why one of the Ten Commandments says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:9-10). (The word “Sabbath,” incidentally, comes from an old Hebrew word that means to cease or stop doing something.)

This also is why we observe the Sabbath best when we use it for both rest and worship. Our bodies need rest, and that’s why the Old Testament decreed, “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest” (Exodus 34:21). But our souls also need renewing—and that’s why the Sabbath also should be a time for worship and instruction in God’s Word. Jesus regularly attended worship on the Sabbath (e.g., Luke 4:14-16).

I’m afraid we’re in danger of forgetting this commandment today—but when we do, we pay a price both physically and spiritually. Instead, God loves us, and He wants to bless us by giving us rest and restoring our souls. May this be true every week for you—and every day. When we know Christ, every day is an opportunity to love Him and serve Him more.

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  1. Pete Herrera says:

    The Sabbath day of rest was made for man. Meaning God blessed and made holy the Sabbath day of rest and God set aside the Sabbath day of rest for man whose timeframe is from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

    Mark 2:27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Rather than man picking the day of rest

  2. James Baker says:

    We must remember that God did not command ‘one day out of seven” that is a teaching of men! God commanded us to rest on the 7th day of the week. I realize that is an inconvenient truth for some, but “God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in TRUTH”

  3. Pete says:

    God did not say to us to set aside one day out of the seven. The scriptures say the following.

    Jesus said The Sabbath day of rest was made for man, Mark 2:27 Meaning The Son of God, who is Jesus Christ incarnate, set aside the Sabbath day of rest for man, as the Holy Day, which is also a sign of allegiance to God. Exodus 20:8-11 which The Son of God, who is Jesus Christ, incarnate, blessed, hallowed, and sanctified and not man for the sabbath. Meaning and not man picking which day mankind wants to worship God on.

  4. Paul H says:

    Remeber what Jesus says if you love me keep my commandments John 14:15 this sums it up for me. When Jeasus went to heaven he did not leave the tomb until after the sabbath.

  5. Jon says:

    The new covenant was ratified at Jesus death by the shedding of blood Galatians 3vs15 and Hebrews 9vs16-17, also sabbath was made for man not the Jews so like the rest of the commandments we are to keep the sabbath how Jesus kept it. When u take away from the law u take away from the character of god, Luke 23vs56, after Jesus death, acts 17vs2 disciples kept it

  6. Francisco Mowatt says:

    According to the Bible, God only gave the Sabbath to the Jews and to no one else.

    Exodus 31:13 “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.

    Psalm 147:19-20 He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws.

    You will not find the seventh day Sabbath in the New Covenant. Jesus is now our rest and we rest in him daily.

    Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    1. Robert wewer says:

      Read Romans 3:29


      Galatians 3:27-29 KJV
      [27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.