The Fourth Commandment


Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20: 8-11 NASB).


If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure, And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken (Isaiah 58: 13-14 NASB).


So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.  It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed (Exodus 31: 16-17 NASB).

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from His people (Isaiah 56: 3a).  Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, To be His servants, everyone who keeps from profaning the sabbath, And holds fast My covenant; Even those I will bring to my holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer (Isaiah 56: 6-7a NASB).

“And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD (Isaiah 66: 23 NASB).

The sabbath is a celebration, not a penalty.  “Ride on the heights of the earth.”

English: the 4th Commandment on Nash Papyrus &...
English: the 4th Commandment on Nash Papyrus “Remember the Sabbath” row 9, words 5-8. in Hebrew script: “zahor et yom ha’shabat”. similar to Exodus 20:7 Egypt, 2nd century CE עברית: הדיבר הרביעי מעשרת הדברות בפפירוס נאש, “זכור את יום השבת” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*Regarding the Ten Commandments, see Exodus 20: 1-17; Jeremiah 31: 31-33; 2 Corinthians 3: 2-3; Hebrews 10: 16; Hebrews 8: 10.


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  1. God Bless you Sheryl. God could could have chosen many Words of His Wisdom, to write with His finger in stone. Our Heavenly Father chose our Ten Commandments. He chose His Words wisely.

    Right in the heart of them He chose ““Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” . The Fourth Commandment is the longest of the Ten. I believe He chose “Remember” because God knows all things in advance, He knew the Sabbath Day would be changed. God chose the Word “Sabbath”
    for many reasons. One reason is within the Commandment itself, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”

    This alone is enough for me, then add the fact God Himself with His own finger, wrote in stone, Not Once, but Twice, the Ten Commandments. The second time was identical to the first. The Sabbath day is also used to count the number of days, to His other “Appointed Times with God”, Leviticus 23:1-44

    I believe God has already determined the time, when He will put on display again these very important Two Stones written by Him. There are many, many verses in the bible, New and Old Testaments, that says “Keep My Commandments”.

    I do believe the day of the “Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” is a very “Holy Day”. The day that Christ freely gave His life on the Cross for us, was predetermined. Therefore the day of His “Resurrection” was predetermined. This day was not intended to change a Commandment that was “Written in Stone”. For me, a believer in John 3:16-17 and believing my Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved”.

    His resurrection, to me marked a “New Life, a New Beginning, a Heavenly Body”. When I accepted Jesus into my heart, it was “The beginning of a New Life, “the First Day”. The Old Me is Dead and Gone, Galations 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.

    “God the Father, God the Son, and The Holy Spirit”, promises me on Judgment Day, “Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day.” 1 Chronicles 28:7.

    Jesus said in, John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

    In conclusion I would have to say, when Jesus said “keep my commandments” and “even as I have kept my Father’s commandments” He included “Remember the Sabbath”. His Fourth Commandment.

    I will be away for a few days, I ask for your prayers, God Bless you.
    Michael Gaither

    Related Verses:

    Matthew 5:17-19
    Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    Luke 24:44-47
    And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

    1. Michael, I agree with you. The Sabbath by definition is the seventh day. A Biblical day is from sunset to sunset (Genesis 1: 5). The Sabbath begins Friday at sunset and ends Saturday at sunset. For years I wondered why Jews celebrated the Sabbath on Saturday and Christians called Sunday the Sabbath. It didn’t (and doesn’t) make sense. So I started researching the matter, examining the arguments for a Sunday sabbath versus Saturday Sabbath, and realized that there is no such thing as a Sunday sabbath. The person who officially “changed the day” was Emperor Constantine. He worshiped the Sun god (hence SUNday). Whether or not he ever converted to Christianity is questionable.

      Keeping God’s timetable is important. The Sabbath is the first of “God’s Appointed Times” in Leviticus 23.

      I was brought up in the church. My dad was a Methodist minister. I tired different denominations when I grew up but felt that I didn’t “fit” into any of them. All of that changed a few years ago. I now belong to a Messianic Jewish congregation, made up of Jews and Gentiles who believe in Jesus as the Messiah. We worship on Friday evenings and observe all of the feast days in Leviticus 23.

      The Bible says over and over that we are to keep God’s commandments. You summed it up perfectly with the verse “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

      Unfortunately, many denominations dismiss God’s laws, despite the fact that Jesus upheld the Law of Moses and so did Paul. Paul is greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted. I hope to cover this in future posts. Thank you for your comments. Your thoughts and comments are deeply appreciated. Blessings.

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