The question is, why do we need to keep the Sabbath? Well simply put, because God told us to. The fourth commandment states that we must remember the Sabbath Day. God wants us to work six days, and rest on the seventh. Therefore the Sabbath is about obedience, which is one reason why the Sabbath should be kept. In addition to obedience, the Bible provides us with three more reasons I want to share with you.
It is a sign that we are God’s holy people. Ezekiel 20:12 states, “also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the Lord made them holy.”
The next reason can be found in Exodus 31:13, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy.” The Sabbath is a sign to our children and our children’s children that God is holy. So when it comes to the Sabbath, include your children and demonstrate the privilege of the Sabbath. For example, in my family, our first born lights the candle, our middle child picks out an angel, our youngest child prays, their mother sings, and I tell a story. We all have our own part to create a personal Sabbath.
Third, God tells us that we need to stop when it comes to the Sabbath, for when we do, He will bless us. Do not skip the sabbath to get work done and get ahead, but honor the Sabbath and you will be blessed.
Last but not least, the Sabbath is a testament and a statement of faith. God will bless you on the seventh day, and provide you with a following of six days of work. Consider the story of Moses, his people, and the manna (Exodus 16). If you honor God, you will be blessed.