Why Respect The Sabbath?

The Sabbath

The earth was born then.

Before....there was no Sabbath.

We honor birthdays.

The office is closed on Sunday. The cars are parked elsewhere.

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The Old Testament Exodus 20 Verses 8 to 11

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:1But 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.

What has happened that we ignore and break this commandment?

As a society the observance of Sundays (or Saturdays) as the traditional Sabbath has declined significantly in recent years, from a time when businesses across the country closed in its observance.

Oh, yes most offices close, some with no staff working, and others with only phone service messages or a skeleton staff.

But other merchants ignore the commandment and have staff required to work or lose their jobs. Shoppers flock to buy services and products they could easily have purchased the day before, or a day later.

Certainly not all Sunday shoppers are people who observed a Sabbath on Saturday.

And besides shopping, do we see people mowing their lawns, trimming their hedge, or otherwise laboring on the Sabbath? Do mothers work to prepare lavish Sunday dinners on the Sabbath? Do fathers even say a prayer or take their families to a religious service on the Sabbath? Do children browse the shadows of their computers and iphones as they would on any other day?

Moses presented the Ten Commandments from God (including the Exodus scripture above) and Christians believe the Lord has given the Sabbath day and commanded we keep it holy. It is His promise that observance of the Sabbath can bring us closer to Him and to our families by giving us an eternal perspective as well as spiritual strength.

The Sabbath allows us to devote time to worship, and to rest from our physical labors.

In America the work week is typically five days out of the seven days of the week, most often from Monday to Friday. Originally Americans used Saturdays for fun and personal priorities, reserving Sundays for church services and their families.

As society's mores changed, Saturdays remained days for fun and personal priorities and the fun and non-religious "priorities" were allowed to spill over into the Sabbath days. Soon the days when the Sabbath was faithfully observed dwindled down to Easter Sunday and Christmas.

For many, the Sabbath lost its holy connection and observing the Sabbath to keep it holy was lost to alternatives such as sleeping late, taking trips, resting up, and reading the comics that came with advertisements for stores open for business and anxious to have the money fortunate families spent on themselves rather than the poor and needy.

Has it been a good trade?

God's greatest gift is said to be the gift of "free agency" the right given mortals to choose for themselves good or evil, obedience or rebellion, choosing or refusing to choose.

As with the voter who abstains from voting, many Americans now abstain from religion. Religion is no longer allowed any prominence in public schools. Radical atheists protest the national motto "In God We Trust" and public display of the Ten Commandments is not allowed in civic areas and buildings housing official public offices.

Oaths formerly taken with one hand on the Holy Bible and the other hand raised in solemn swearing, are no longer made without dispute in the public dialog.

There is an old saying that goes something like "Give the devil an inch and he will take you a mile on the wrong path to a point where you will find it hard to find your way home!"

Popular quiz show hosts ask contestants such questions as "What was the commandment of the Ten Commandments you broke most recently?" or "Which of the Ten Commandments are you most likely to break?"

For those Americans who felt that regularly attending religious services was a burden to be avoided, remembering to keep the Sabbath holy likely became the first break down that wrong path that led away from God and His commandments, the family, and a secure faith that still offers the keys to the happiness they seek but find to be so elusive.

God didn't give mankind commandments to make them miserable. They were meant that we might have the peace and earthly progress that can lead us back to Him, and to His love.





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einron 6 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Th Sabbath was given after the creation of the world (Gen. 2:1-3). It was incorporated in Exodus 20:8 as the 4th Commandment. Do we still keep the 10th Commandments? We are all born with 10 fingers and if we keep only 9 of the commandments, we are sinners and incomplete Christians!


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

einron - A beautiful truth you have stated here. Repentance is an open gate back and God loves us so much that He and His Son provided that gate we will one day walk through together.


KingdomCome 6 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

It's odd that you should mement the 10 Commandment of the Old Testament but leave out the New Commandment spoken by Jesus in the New Testament which states in John 13:34 NKJV: 34 A "NEW COMMANDMENT " I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

If you really understood what THIS commandment means then you would have never writen this hub.

Have a good day.


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MizBejabbers 6 months ago

First off, if Jesus said that he came to fulfill the scriptures, Why do we need to follow the Old Testament anyway. You point out that the 10 Commandments were given by Jehovah (Yaweh) to Moses in the OT, and they make society is a better place. I agree, but the 10Cs are as old as human time. Religions like Zoroastrianism had their own versions of them. Apparently, the Hebrews under Moses had forgotten all about them, so they were given a “not so gentle” reminder. I’m speaking of Moses breaking the first tablets in a temper tantrum when he saw the people worshiping the golden calf.

The Sabbath was commanded in a time when “God’s Chosen People” kept slaves and in some societies, women were no better than slaves. They had to be given a day of rest or be worked to death. Back to Jesus’ saying that he came to fulfill the scriptures, Jehovah isn’t mentioned in the New Testament, only Jesus and his father God.

In today’s time, only the Jews, Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, and a few other sects actually follow the Sabbath. What day is the Sabbath, anyway? The present day “Sabbath” was ordained by the Catholic Church in one of their many “councils,” I forget which. I don’t think it was Nicea, but it may have been. So with all this confusion as to whether the Sabbath (meaning seventh) is the seventh day or the first day, why should we follow the “Sabbath”?

In modern society, we have much work that can’t stop. Since “God” gave us this technology, would he expect that we grind to a halt our computers, our medical treatments, police, and any other technology that has to be constantly watched, like the monitoring of water systems, dams, bridges, you get the picture, in order to celebrate one “holy” day of the week.

Back then religion was part of the tribal government and vice versa. Today we have our government making the wage and hour law for workers. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter which day we take for our “Sabbath”, just as long as we take a day of rest. It doesn’t hurt to give thanks for our abundance on this day off.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

KingdomCome - Thank you for your loving comment.

Don't you agree that while man changes (as we have seen) that God and His commandments are eternal, that all mankind may be judged alike? That a higher commandment may be taught and exemplified, does not mean that others are no longer also God's standards for mankind?

Christ respected the Sabbath while explaining that it is acceptable to do good on the Sabbath, for the priests had given the Sabbath a definition that was at variance with God's intent as shown by Christ's teachings and example.

Not respecting the Sabbath is disrespectful, in my opinion. Man's free agency allows man to choose to respect it or not, though man is still responsible for the choices he makes....including observance of the higher law.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MizBejabbers - I am of the belief that we will be judged by the intent of our choices. If so, your intent to regularly observe a day of worship and rest from your labors but not necessarily on Saturday or Sunday, in the belief that man designated those days rather than God or Our Lord, I respect your intent and personally believe you may be judged accordingly, as will we all.

As in Christ's teaching that it is acceptable to do good on the Sabbath, so it is doing good when the work done every day of the week has that purpose and intent, something you have pointed out.

The fact that good labor is done by someone every day of the week, does not, however, erase the intended gift of a regular day of rest and worship to be enjoyed by individuals and families.

Family observance of the Sabbath becomes more difficult when we each choose our own day to observe a Sabbath.


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yecall 6 months ago from California

People should respect the Sabbath. It is only for everyone's good. It is common sense that if you don't ever rest you will eventually collapse.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

We might also remember that Jesus said he did not come to change the smallest part of the law. (Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17) "Tittle" by the way is an ornamental curl of some Hebrew letters; certainly it might be considered one of the smallest parts of the recorded law/commandments. Honoring the Sabbath by keeping it a hallowed day, is far from being the smallest part of the law/commandments.


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MizBejabbers 6 months ago

Demas, I love you, but I think you're bias is showing. What grounds would "our Lord" have to judge me when Jesus himself said he had come to fulfill the prophesy, and we don't have to hold to the OT, that Sunday is a Sabbath fabricated by man (Show me anywhere in the Bible that refers to the Sabbath as the first day of the week). Why should I be judged if I observed the Sabbath on Thursday because it might be convenient to my employer rather than the man-fabricated Sunday? Christians don't hold to Saturday. God told the Jews to rest on the Sabbath; I'm not Jewish, so why should I hold it to Saturday?This is one time I believe that you are judging me because I don't believe the way you do, and the Bible says "judge not let ye be judged."


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MizBejabbers - The referenced verses in my Hub refer to the seventh day as the hallowed day of rest. I was not implying anything about a "first day". Nor is it my place to judge anyone, their religion, or their practices.

This Hub is a discussion piece expressing my thoughts on the Sabbath and its relevance in today's America.

I'm sure your comments are well intentioned, too.

Love, Demas


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MizBejabbers 6 months ago

Demas my friend, thanks for clarifying that. I will tell you that I live my connection every day rather than take a "special" day to honor that connection. I meditate, and if I don't feel like or don't have time to do that, I take the time, even if it's only a few seconds, to give thanks for my life and my abundance in it. By abundance, I don't mean just possessions, but family, friends, my job, my wonderful city, my country, etc. I think if there is any judgment, I will be judged for that rather than whether I sit in a pew on a certain day of the week or on Easter and Christmas. I think that our state of being is LOVE, and that we need to take time and feel God's love every day, in whatever manner we choose. Have a blessed day.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

If Sabbath day worship and rest is just sitting in a pew and falling asleep, that would explain a lot about why it is in decline!

Gathering to partake of the sacrament and renew our baptismal and temple covenants is less than one fifth of what my faith sees as Sabbath day observance. Scripture study and group discussions are two more "fifths" while the other 40% is spent in service to friends and family, and rest.

That is more of an "involved" Sabbath observance, and something to look forward to (again "in my opinion".)


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean

Demas, for those of us who believe in the Creation Story, it is obvious that the Sabbath began before the Ten Commandments were given to Moses; it was instituted by God in the beginning for all times. Researchers, including the National Geographic Study on lifestyles have concluded that Sabbath observers benefit spiritually, mentally and physically from the weekly rest that God designed for us. Thanks for reminding us. "Remember" in the commandments suggests that we may forget.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Good points! I especially like the "Remember? comment. With everyone's busy life running at 110% it is very easy to forget to remember, especially once a person is out of the habits related to the Sabbath.


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AudreyHowitt 6 months ago from California

We all need time to rest and reflect and to find our connection to our spiritual center--I find that working all the time just saps us--and consumerism makes it worse


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AudreyHowitt - Thanks. I agree. I enjoyed writing this Hub, and I enjoy the comments that are being left just as much as the writing and thought process of putting this together. Nice having your comments again.


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aviannovice 6 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Each day, I try to observe what is holy to me--nature. If we can somehow manage to devote time each day to what is holy to us, perhaps those weekend work days will turn into something better. Not everyone has the luxury of a Monday through Friday workweek, so sometimes we must make do with what we have.


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Perspycacious 6 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dear Deb,

The point is to make our devotions to God by respecting a day a week for rest and worship. Doing so as a group with an intent to grow spiritually and serve better has a lot going for it in the same sense that we say "two heads are better than one."

I feel God, the only righteous judge, will judge our intent.

Let our intent not be selfish, or just too lazy to humble ourselves and show our respect and devotion, or outright rejection of things spiritual in our thoughts, actions, and feelings.

There is room in life for gratitude and love of God who has given each of us so much and seeks that we place nothing above or ahead of Him the equivalent of a day a week.

By showing others the beauty of His creation you are doing service to God and to nature, at the same time realizing your own desires.

We can all do a double check on where He stands in our lists of priorities and exercise care that we don't place ourselves or anything other than Him first and foremost. D.

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