The Ten Commandments | The Third Commandment
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:1-17
God wants us to rest to enjoy his creation and remember his work. Also read Matthew 12:3-8
Think About This: The Third Commandment
Remember the Sabbath Day Some people treat this commandment like it’s one that doesn’t apply anymore. In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees had tons of rules that missed the point of what the Sabbath was supposed to be. How can resting from work remind you that God is in control? How can resting from work help you enjoy God?
Parent Cue: Drive Time
As your driving, plan a Sabbath day for your family. Talk about what it would look like to have a day where no one in the family does any work (school, work, or even housework). Talk about the things you’d enjoy doing as a family. Think of some things you can do that you’d each enjoy and also some things that remind you of your relationship with Jesus.
From the Small Catechism The Third Commandment:
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
Talk about when God created the world and how he rested on the 7th day. Ask your kids, why do you think God rested? Was he tired?
Ask your kids what are the things that they enjoy the most?
At bed time one night, ask your kids what are there favorite ways to spend time with God. Encourage them to come up with some that they enjoy or want to try and share yours too.
Ask your kids “who is your best friend?” and “how do you like to spend time together?” Ask them how they think they would spend time with Jesus if they could hang out like best friends.