Many people believe that the Sabbath was instituted upon the earth during the time that Moses received the ten commandments. You may have thought this also. However, before we get to Exodus, chapter 20, where we get word about these ten commandments, God spoke to Moses about having His people obey this commandment of keeping the sabbath in chapter 16. This is when the people recently came out of Egypt. It is written, “and it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field.” (Exodus 16:22-25) This is important to remember.
During the time that the Israelites began receiving Manna from Heaven God instituted the day of the Sabbath, which means to rest and to not work on that day. That was before the ten commandments, so this must mean that the law of the Sabbath is very important to God. Let’s see how important it really is as we read more. It is written, “six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.” (Exodus 16:26-30) So before the Sabbath was written on stone, God said to work seven days and to rest on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath. And if you are wondering if the Sabbath is still important then read this message. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help us remember the importance of the Sabbath day. That way we will learn what it means to honor You through resting on this day. I know that many weekends have gone by and I have forgotten to obey the Sabbath and I am sorry. You have also taught us that doing good on the Sabbath is also welcomed. I love to pray for people, help the homeless, and witness Your gospel truths with others on this day, along with going to church. It is a most wonderful day to reach the lost and to save souls for Your kingdom. I am happy to give up doing things and to focus my attention on You instead. It is so good to sit back and read the Bible, pray, and to share the gospel with others. Many of my most important memories have been made while serving You on the Sabbath day. I love Your ways, God, although I may not always show it. Forgive me for not always remembering You on this day. I am sorry for forgetting Your Sabbath at times. I will do a better job of remembering it and resting on that day. I love You more than what I could be doing otherwise. I trust in You, God. Thank You for showing me the way. Amen