The Fourth Commandment
Exodus 20:8-11
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.…

This Commandment holds a remarkable position in the Decalogue. It lies between those which touch our duty to God and those which touch our duty to man. It belongs to both branches of the Decalogue. Its position tells us that a breach of the Sabbath is a direct insult to God, and is also a direct injury to man, weakening the power of a day which is eminently a blessing to the human race. This remarkable position of the Sabbath Commandment is proof incontrovertible of its binding character for all men in all time. There are two expressions in the command itself which testify to this universality of application.

1. "Remember the Sabbath Day." It is no new institution which you are now to learn about for the first, but it is an old observance, not Israelitish, but human, Noachic, and Adamic, which you, God's Israel, are to remember, that you may sustain it in its purity, just as you are to sustain a true and spiritual worship as against idolatry.

2. The other expression which proves the universality of its application (in addition to its very position in the Decalogue) is the reason given for the Divine order — because in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it." The reason began at the creation, and therefore the observance began at the creation.

I. WHAT IS THE IDEA OF THE SABBATH? It had its origin in God's resting on that day.

II. WHAT IS ITS PROPER OBSERVANCE? God has given it His own holy name — "The Sabbath of the Lord thy God," and the Holy Spirit calls it "the Lord's Day," in the New Testament. This fact shows us that its rightful observance must have regard to our right relation to God. The soul must be turned Godward.

(H. Crosby, D.D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

WEB: "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

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