The Sabbath in the Bible, My Life, and Your Life

Taking a Sabbath day is something I am passionate about and grateful to share with you because it has had an incredibly positive impact on my life.

The Sabbath


The concept of a Sabbath day comes from the Bible which is why today’s post will start there: in the Bible. The Sabbath is mentioned several times throughout the Bible [ref]Two additional times in the Bible the topic of the Sabbath is mentioned. The first is when God created the world and rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:1-3) and the second is Jesus’ commentary on the Sabbath throughout the Gospel books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.[/ref] but is most prominently described in the Old Testament book of Exodus in chapter 16.


A. The Context of Exodus 16

The context of Exodus 16 is an exciting one! Moses has just led God’s people–the Israelites–out of slavery in Egypt. With God’s guidance Moses leads them out away from Egypt despite the desire for Pharaoh, the Egyptian King, who wants to recapture the people whom he just let go. Thus God parts the Red Sea and allows the Israelites to pass through it safely while the Egyptian Army fails to cross.


Taking a Day Off

Last year I realized that I needed to begin taking one day off a week.  At the time I was working very hard seven days a week, often going many months without taking a day off to rest and relax.  At the time I was a single bachelor with very little family in the area where I lived, so I didn’t really have anyone I would rather spend time with instead of working.  I had work and some friends, but not much else.

At the time I was working eight hours a day at United Way until 5 PM, then I would transition into “A Day of Hope mode” where I would work for the next three hours on fundraising letters, recruiting volunteers, our e-newsletter and social media we had going.  Then, on Saturdays I would often do a fundraiser car wash for A Day of Hope and then Sunday was catch up day on administrative work.