NextLevel Online: Deuteronomy

Session 5: Word #4 - Guard the Sabbath

Word #4 is “Guard the Sabbath.” What did this look like for Israel?



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Word #4 is “Guard the Sabbath.” What did this look like for Israel?

Exodus 20:8-11 Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Remember the day of the Sabbath, to keep it holy. Six days you will do all your work, and the seventh day: a Sabbath to the Lord your God! You will not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your animal or your sojourner who is in your gates, because six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all which is in them, and he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the day of the Sabbath and he made it holy.Guard the day of the Sabbath, to keep it holy, just as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you will do all your work, and the seventh day: a Sabbath to the Lord your God! You will not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your animals or your sojourner who is in your gates, in order that your male servant and your female servant might rest like you. And you will remember that slaves you were in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to do the day of the Sabbath.

What changes do you notice between the Sabbath word from Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 (note that below, all of the differences in Deuteronomy are in bold)?

Why do you think the shifts are made in Deuteronomy?

Read Numbers 15:32-36. This is one of the only recorded times Moses asks for God’s help in deciding a legal decision. While this seems unusually harsh, some think it was meant to set a precedent: don’t mock the Lord by intentionally working on the Sabbath day. Do youagree or disagree? Does this seem to be an important issue to God?

Read Amos 8:4-6 and Isaiah 56:1-2. How do these texts help us understand God’s intentions for Sabbath?

What are some ways Deuteronomy 14-15 connect with the word about the Sabbath?

Summarize Deuteronomy 5:12-15 in your own words and write it out here.

What is one specific way you can obey this word this week?

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