We continue our series on the Ten Commandments and will be looking at command #4 – Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
“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, NIV
“Doom, rebel children!”
“You make plans, but not mine.
You make deals, but not in my Spirit… Anyone stupid enough to trust them
will end up looking stupid—
All show, no substance,
an embarrassing farce…. “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me
and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.
Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me, the very thing
you’ve been unwilling to do.”
The Prophet Isaiah 30:1, 5, 15-16, MSG
“The room is quiet. You’re not feeling tired enough to sleep or energetic enough to go out. For the moment there is nowhere else you’d rather go, no one else you’d rather be. You feel at home in your body. You feel at peace in your mind. For no particular reason, you let the palms of your hands come together and close your eyes. Sometimes it is only when you happen to taste a crumb of it that you dimly realize what it is that you’re so hungry for
you can hardly bear it.
Frederick Buechner on Sabbath, from Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC
Images by Sarah Van Sloten