Exodus 20:8-11 "Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy..."


 "Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.  But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work – you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it" (NRSV).


 I would like to know if this pertains to us today to keep this seventh day holy.


COMMENT: Metaphysically, this passage is less concerned with the seventh day of each week than with recognizing the flow and rhythm of the creative energy of God working in our lives.  Many observant Christians and – especially – Jews do in fact observe “the letter of the law” in terms of the Sabbath, refraining from work according to very detailed laws and customs. That’s fine, but as with all of the Ten Commandments, the real power and importance lie at a deeper level.
The seven days of creation describe the seven-fold creative process according to which divine ideas become manifest in our world as we receive, honor, release and express them.  The seventh “day” is rest. The seventh step of creation is rest. It’s not that we create for six days and then take a break. It’s that we do our part through six stages, then relax into the certainty of Spirit and allow the result to unfold. When we don’t allow for a time of rest, we ignore the rhythm according to which God works in the world. We work harder and harder, get more and more clogged up, and wonder why things aren’t working. We must take the time to be still – and know that the I AM of our being, the indwelling Presence of God, is completing the creative process and bringing more spiritual energy into manifestation through us.

Rev. Ed