Exodus 20:8-11 (NKJV) 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
We see the Sabbath given to the nation of Israel again in Exodus 31:13-17 (NKJV) which says 13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ” The Sabbath Day is a covenant between God and the nation of Israel. For the Jews the Sabbath is from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday based on their calendar. For the Jews the Sabbath Day was the day that they would rest from their labor. Many in the Christian faith recognize the Sabbath, if you will, on Sunday because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came back from the dead on that day. Because of what Christ did for us on the Cross, Jesus is our Sabbath. Why? Because as Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27 NKJV). Jesus was saying that the Sabbath, meaning rest from labor, was instituted to free man of his labors for one day. In contrast, Jesus came to free us from laboring for our salvation by our works forever. For Jesus paid the penalty of our sins with His shed blood on the Cross. Now we are free forever from laboring to attain God’s favor. Jesus is our Sabbath, for He is our rest from works. Friend, all who accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior can rest in Him forever.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.