Teaching Notes

on the 4 th Commandment


Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exo 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Exo 20:10 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: Exo 20:11 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.

Here is what the highlighted words mean:

REMEMBER = properly to mark (so as to be recognized), by implication to mention; (make) mention (of), be mindful, recount, record (-er), remember, make to be remembered, bring (call, come, keep, put) to (in) remembrance, think on.


HOLY = clean (ceremonially or morally): - consecrate, dedicate, hallow, purify, sanctify.


LABOUR = to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, etc.:


NOTE: The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord God.  Since the Lord God has a Sabbath day don’t it make since the Christians should have one also.  Since God chose the seventh day to be His Sabbath and we are “to walk as He walked” and we are to follow in His steps” don’t it just make since that the day He chose should be our Sabbath day as well.  KEEPING THE SABBATH is simply following the commandments and example of the Lord God and who would dare fault someone for doing that?


WORK = generally employment or work; also property (as the result of labor): - business, + cattle, + industrious, occupation.


REST = that is to settle down; (to dwell, stay, withdraw, etc.): - cease, (be) quiet, remain, set down.


NOTE:  This is why ripping and roaming up and down the roads or excessive travelling is not considered rest on the Sabbath day.


Deu 5:12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Deu 5:13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: Deu 5:14 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, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. Deu 5:15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.


KEEP = properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.: - beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve.


SANCTIFY = to (pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, hallow, holy, proclaim, purify.







Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

PLEASE NOTICE:  This Verse of Scripture is looking ahead to the coming of the Lord and Jesus says that they should pray that their flight (fleeing) not be on the sabbath day.  It is hard to explain this if the sabbath was done away with. 


Luke 23:50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:Luk 23:51  (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. Luk 23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Luk 23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. Luk 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. Luk 23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. Luk 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

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