And On the Seventh Day


God-Worshiping: The 4th Commandment. Resting Day.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Exodus 20:8-10

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work...


When I was growing up there were many things I was not allowed to do on Sundays, including wearing shorts, swimming or playing baseball. But I was allowed to go to church, have coffee with my grandmother and uncles and aunts, take a walk with my Dad (who usually worked six days a week), read, and rest.

Too often we limit our understanding of the fourth commandment to the negative, focusing only on what we cannot do. When we do this we miss all the things we can do-we can worship, we can spend time with family, and we can serve others. When God commands us to take one day off in seven, He is giving us permission to do all the things that our regular weekly activities do not allow. He is giving us the much-needed gift of time to enjoy Him, each other, and His creation.

Many of us limit our Sunday rest to the hour we go to church and then we blast off into a whirl of activities that we must get done before our workweek begins. God knows this is our tendency-to do the urgent rather than the important. That is why He established this pattern. He knows we need to rest, to laugh, to serve, to worship, and He has given us permission and time to do so. Let's enjoy our Sabbath rest and teach this to our children so that they too will know the freedom of loving and being loved by a God who knows and provides for all our needs.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What's the name of the sport that Lucille was playing?
A. Scaleball

Q. On what day was the championship game scheduled?
A. Sunday

Q. What did Grandpa think about that?
A. He didn't like it.

Q. What did Liz ban at the clubhouse?
A. Rubber band wars and reading Drew Hardy books

Q. Where did the kids end up playing?
A. At Granny's.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Jesus said, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath"(Mark 2:27). What do you think He means by this?


God made a day of rest for the benefit of human beings. God gives us this rest as a gift and commands us to use this gift for our own well-being. Jesus healed, taught, visited, and rested on the Sabbath. How do you think Jesus would like you to spend your day of rest? Some verses to look up as you seek to answer these questions: Isaiah 58: 13-14, Matthew 12:1-14, Mark 2:23-28, Luke 4:16, Luke 13:10-17, Luke 14:1-5, Luke 23:56.


What can you do to make your Sunday more like God wants it to be? If you don't have a church home, why not start looking for one. Visit the churches in your neighborhood. Attend their worship services. Talk to the pastors and to others who attend. Ask questions. What do they believe about God and about Jesus? Is this a church that teaches the Bible? Does this church honor Jesus Christ? Do they offer opportunities to serve others and to grow spiritually? If you would like some suggestions of churches in your community, feel free to contact us.
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