Did you ever wonder why God created the Sabbath? Over coffee this morning I was able to find an answer in a couple of different places. In Exodus 20:11 the reason was because God created the heavens and the earth, rested on the seventh day and made it holy. Deuteronomy 5:15 has a different answer. It’s because God wanted us to remember that we were once slaves in Egypt and God brought us out with his outstretched arms. Well, since the writer of these two books was supposedly the same author maybe he just forgot what he had written earlier.
The Sabbath was important enough that it became one of the Ten Commandments that God gave to mankind: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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” (Exodus:20:8-10).
The Sabbath is mentioned over 50 times in the four Gospels and the Pharisees accuse Jesus of breaking the Sabbath but according to Christian Apologists, this in an incorrect interpretation. Maybe I’ll look into that sometime. But for now, whatever the reason God created the Sabbath – death comes to those who do not comply (Exodus 31:12-15). And it’s an interesting topic to ponder over a cup of dark roast.