The Lord reminded Israel several times that He wanted them to observe the Sabbath, which is the seventh day of the week, including this text,
“Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall kindle no fire throughout your dwellings on the Sabbath day” (Exodus 35.2, 3).
This passage specifies that on the Sabbath Day,
- Israel had a holy day.
- Israel had a day of rest to the Lord, that is, they devoted the day to Him.
- An Israelite faced the death penalty for violation of the Sabbath.
- They were not even to kindle fire in their dwellings on the Sabbath Day.
The Lord wanted that day reserved for Him and the children of Israel. They were His family, and He was their Father.
While you can see that this applied to Israel specifically, is it not also true that Christians are now the children of God, and He is their Father?
Do you set aside time regularly for just you and God; and do you spend time with the church, at least weekly, to gather with the family of God as they spend time with Him?