Do you ever think about the ten commandments as just an old-fashioned list of things you can’t do? A bunch of “thou shalt nots”? I'm giving the 10 commandments a closer look by blogging about one of them each Friday. Scroll down for the last four blogs on the topic.
The fourth commandment isn't a "shalt not" at all! It's more of a reminder: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
For most, the sabbath day is seen as a church going day; a day to worship God. Many people associate it with Sunday, although some denominations worship on different days of the week.
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, sabbath is defined in part as a time of rest.
So, it seems to me, this commandment is less about a particular day of the week, or even a particular church you might attend. (As much as I really love attending church on Sunday mornings!) To me, this commandment is a reminder that we can take a rest every day from the stress and strain of believing that our life is just a bunch of material events—sometimes good, sometimes bad.
In reality, there isn’t even one day out of the week that our identity isn’t completely holy, created and maintained by God. We’re not really matter-based beings, living out a mortal existence on a roller coaster of material events. To find out who we really are, we have to start from the beginning.
God’s spiritual creation is described in the first chapter of the biblical book of Genesis. Right there on the sixth day it says that man, including male and female, was created in God’s own image. Since God is Spirit, it follows that man must be like Spirit—spiritual!
How does God view His complete, spiritual creation? “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the hosts of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made” (Genesis 1:31, 2:1,2). I love to think of God, or divine Mind (a synonym for God) as delighting in His complete creation. He was satisfied with His work.
So, who are you, then? You are part of God’s spiritual, and very good creation, which has been permanently fixed throughout eternity, and with which God is perfectly satisfied—then and now. I know, it’s a big idea, but can’t you just feel the safety and comfort in that fact?
So, keep today and every day holy by taking a rest from the roller coaster of material life, and ponder the possibility that you are eternally God’s and safely held as a spiritual idea in divine Mind, or Spirit. It’s bound to perk up your day!
"Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?" (Science and Health, p. 517).
I hope these insights will inspire readers to think more spiritually about themselves and the world around them!