Commandments 7

This post is Day 7 in a series of studies about “Commandments”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Commandments – Day 7

Exodus 20:11

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day.Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The Thought

The continuation of the second commandment gives us the reason why we should not be working on Sundays! It was God’s plan from the beginning of time. He only worked on His production of the earth for six days, and we should be making Him our example!

The Hebrew word “Shabbath” means “a day of rest”, and is a good idea for all of us who work hard most of the time!

As I remember those days as a little girl walking to church with my grandmother, I can feel the silence. There was a sheet metal factory across the road from our house, and it was always noisy, except on Sunday. A little further up the road, there was a grocer’s shop, a bread shop, and a post office, all were in darkness, and silent. Nobody waited for the bus outside those shops either, because there were very few buses on Sundays!

Sundays were for me “church and family days”. They still are!


Read Exodus 23 today. It gives us more information about God’s rules for life, and note verses 10-12 where we see that it wasn’t just a weekly Sabbath for people, but also for the working animals, and a yearly sabbath for the ground too!

Think today how different life would be for you if you didn’t do very much work on Sundays. What if the machines in your home had a day of rest?

What if you prepared the meals the day before, so there were very few “essential things” to do on the Sabbath? How would you spend your day?

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