Re: Verse reading–Exodus 20:1-17 (day five)
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 11 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.
What a splendid thought and picture… The Creator of the Universe commanding us to intentionally and regularly pause, rest, look, listen and worship!! As we remember and set apart the Sabbath, through His creation, we gain understanding and appreciation for God’s power, wisdom, and divine nature (Romans 1:20).
As Moses reminds the Israelites later of God’s Commandments (Deut. 5:15), he challenges them to remember in the Sabbath observance, another facet of God’s work and character (provider and rescuer). “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.”
God not only created them (us) but saved them (us) as well. The focus (our remembering) is on God as both creator and deliverer. A humbling lesson learned and celebrated by keeping the Sabbath Holy: We did not create ourselves and we could not save ourselves. Makes a heart turn to God in wonder and gratitude!!