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5 Ways To Keep The Sabbath Day Holy

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The fourth of the ten commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8, ESV), but what does that really mean in our lives today? We know that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh. We know that He blessed the Sabbath day and told us to dedicate this day to the Lord our God. What’s not always clear is exactly how we Christians can carry out the will of our Lord. It’s okay (even encouraged) to prayerfully meditate on this issue and listen as God reveals his intentions to each of us. In the meantime, here are some ideas to consider while keeping the Sabbath holy:

Spend Time Together As A Family


Keeping of the Sabbath was a sign of the covenant between Israel and the Lord: “You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come” (Exodus 31:13). As Israel kept the Sabbath set apart, they were reminded that they were also being set apart: “So you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy” (verse 13). Believers today, being under the New Covenant, are not bound to keep the sign of the Old Covenant. It’s a great idea, however, to use the Sabbath as day to join together as a family both in times of prayer and in times of rest.

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