Don’t Forget What God Says to Remember
Forgetfulness is a natural tendency. We all forget things, even when we are told to remember. Could you be forgetting a big thing that God says to remember?
Have you ever, in a panic, said those words at the realization that you had forgotten to do something major that you needed to do? Perhaps it was picking someone up at a certain time, letting the dog out or turning a burner off.
One of the weaknesses of being human is the propensity to forget.
According to USA Today, the two most common things people have “difficulty” remembering are:
- Passwords to websites.
- Names of familiar people (USA Snapshots, June 6, 2013).
Of the people polled, 36 percent said those were the two hardest things for them to remember. But, if we are to be honest, there is something else that is more often forgotten—or, in some cases, neglected—than either a password or the names of familiar people.
A short quiz
Before we look at what is really the most forgotten thing, let’s conduct a short quiz.
- Can you name all 10 Commandments found in the Bible?
- What is the only commandment (within the 10) that specifically admonishes us to “remember” exactly what that particular commandment says?
How did you do?
Instead of giving you the answers, here are quick Bible references to help you find the correct answers to the above two questions:
- The answer is found in Exodus 20:1-17.
- The answer is found in Exodus 20:8.
“Remember the …”
If you are not very familiar with the Bible, you may have been surprised to read the answer to No. 2. You may have read or heard the Fourth Commandment many times, but have you taken notice and pondered the verb that is only found in one of the 10 Commandments: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”?
The Hebrew word translated “remember” in our English Bibles is zakar. Essentially, it means to call to remembrance, to record or to mark (Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon and Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary). When God gave the Fourth Commandment, He basically said, Don’t forget this, mark this, specifically remember to remember this!
But, of the 10 laws that make up the 10 Commandments, which one is most universally ignored? Which one do most Christians not even make an attempt to remember?
The answer is very easy: The Fourth Commandment.
The only commandment that begins with the specific instruction to remember is the very one that most people forget—or choose to ignore.
A reminder from Life, Hope & Truth
The people behind Life, Hope & Truth take the admonition to remember the Sabbath day very seriously. We strive to remember and keep the Sabbath, not just because we are warned about forgetting it, but because we believe that it is a law essential to successfully living Christianity. It is not a burden, but is a blessing in our lives. It is a blessing we seek to share with others.
Why do we take this so seriously? Why should you take it seriously as well?
Here are two essential facts about the Sabbath command that you should consider thinking deeply about:
1. The Sabbath is a specific day.
The origin of the Sabbath is found in the creation account in Genesis. After creating the various components of life on planet earth, God “rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Genesis 2:2, emphasis added). After resting (ceasing from His creative work), “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” (verse 3).
To “bless” and “sanctify” means that He set it apart as holy for a special purpose. The seventh day of the week is not just like any other day. It has been blessed and set apart ever since this moment recorded in Genesis 2. The fourth of the 10 Commandments points back to what had already been declared holy and set apart. It reinforced the specific timing: “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:10).
The seventh day corresponds to the modern day we call Saturday.
Nowhere in the Bible is the Sabbath day repealed or transferred to any other day of the week (despite the erroneous belief that Sunday—the first day of the week—has replaced it). Read our article “Was the Sabbath Changed to Sunday?” for more proof that the Sabbath day wasn’t transferred to any other day.
2. The Sabbath day is Christian.
A common belief among mainstream Christianity is that the Fourth Commandment is Jewish—while keeping Sunday (or no day at all) is Christian. But an honest look at the New Testament record shows that the seventh-day Sabbath is fully Christian.
Here are three points that prove this:
- Jesus Christ kept it (Luke 4:16-31).
- Jesus Christ directly taught that not even the tiniest portion of God’s law would “pass away,” and that whoever “breaks” or “teaches” against any of God’s commandments will be called “least” in the Kingdom of God (read carefully Matthew 5:17-19).
- Jesus Christ taught that the Sabbath was specifically created for humankind (not just Israelites or Jews) and declared Himself “Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).
Though the Sabbath is forgotten by most in this world, you can choose to remember it! The Sabbath, when properly integrated into a person’s life, not only brings physical rest and rejuvenation at the end of the week—but will also help you understand God and His way of life better. By keeping it, you will come to understand that it is a “delight” (Isaiah 58:13), not a burden!
Are you ready to stop forgetting what God says to remember?
This blog post just scratched the surface of what the Bible teaches about the Sabbath. We encourage you to study this subject further. Read the articles in our section “The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day” to learn more about the Sabbath day and how keeping it can change your life.