The Fourth Commandment: Keep the Sabbath Day Holy


Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

We used to have blue laws in our country. These forbid work on Sunday. We no longer have them, except perhaps in a few communities.

Keeping the Sabbath holy is more than not working on that day. Indeed, it is simply setting aside a day for your heart and body and mind to turn towards the worship of God.

Atheists and humanists would do well to take a day each week to ponder on the truth and logic and reasoning of their philosophy. Put aside your daily cares, let things lay until the next day, and take some time to “tune” your mind to those thing which are truly important.

Whether you believe in the six-day creation as a myth or a parable or as literal fact, there is a powerful lesson to be learned. I don’t believe that God felt tired after 6 days of creation. I do believe, however, that the universe was tired from all the massive changes that had occurred. This day of rest wasn’t to allow God time to recuperate, but for the universe to reorient itself and take a moment to understand what exactly just happened, and even to breath in the beauty and perfection of it all.

There is a moral here, a moral that has born out in research. People need time to rest, to relax, to reorient and recuperate. Your productivity and the productivity of the company goes up if you take a day off in seven.

As a nation, if we were to plan for and set aside a day each week for rest, I believe we wouldn’t be as burnt out and tired as we are. If we let each other be on this day, and give ourselves time, I am sure we will find more energy and a better spiritual connection with each other.


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