Of all the 10 Commandments, only one of them begins with the word “remember”. Ironically, it seems that many Christians today would insist that it’s the only commandment that we are free to forget. When we celebrate the 4th of July, we are called to remember the events of the very first day of Independence in the US; called to remember the reason behind all the fireworks. What then may we find, should we explore a true remembrance of the Sabbath? Are we not called to remember the reason behind all the praise songs, the worship services and all the rules we observe? What was the very first Sabbath like?
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” – Exodus 20:8-11