The 4th commandment , which is probably the most overlooked, is seemingly one of the most important according to the word of God. This is actually the one of first requirements God instituted for us back in Genesis 2:2. Now once we find out that the Sabbath is on Saturday, and not Sunday, we ask ourselves “what can or can’t we do?”.
1. Read(scripture, that is)
The Sabbath is a great time to read. You are free from all daily distractions, and your mind is allowed to fully concentrate on the your bible reading. You also can read other books related to “God’s purpose”, but be careful of unrelated books. Nothing gets to the “nitty gritty” like direct scripture. For an idea, you could read some different literature during the week, but concentrate on Bible readings on the Sabbath.
After you are finished reading, you may be inspired to write yourself. Since your mind is clear, perhaps you are able to freely express yourself on paper. Writing can be very therapeutic, and help you understand yourself better.
Some religions may classify anything you do with your hands as “work”. Unless you are writing for the local newspaper, it would be silly to think inspirational writing as work. Of course we should not be writing the next Twilight novel, but rather, using writing as a tool for spiritual growth.
3. Play a wholesome game
Try out out Biblical board games to crank up the fun. Me and my family frequently plays Children’s Bible Trivia Game. Not only is this a fun idea, it will definitely help you learn more about the Bible. A good idea is to play after dinner on Friday night, or make it a Saturday afternoon activity. While you are at it, why not even make up your own game!
4. Have learning lessons
Another fun way to learn is to set up a learning session. For example, everyone in my family takes a topic of our choice, and researches it. Each Sabbath, we present it in a classroom setting. In a short period, we have learned more than a lifetime’s worth of Sunday school. It is also a great way to incorporate the children, and provides a fun alternative to the day. As Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved”.
5. Take a nice walk
Who says who cannot walk on The Sabbath. The Bible sure does not! Why not get out, and enjoy God’s creation around us. I get my best thinking done while walking. If it is a nice day out, why not enjoy it. Even if you don’t live in the most pedestrian safe neighborhood, a drive to the nearest park will surely suffice. Don’t break out the workout gear, but just enjoy what true life has to offer.
6. Take a sit on the front porch
Maybe some people don’t want to drive to the park, or maybe there is a crazy dog that lives at the end of street, so why not just get a glass a lemonade and take a seat on the porch(or balcony/backyard). The movie The Color Purple explains it best when Shug Avery says ” I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.”. Many of us get tired caught up in the hustle and bustle, we don’t catch the beautiful things that are right outside our door. So next time the sun is shining on the Sabbath, go outside and get some Vitamin C.
7. Watch a “meaningful” movie
My family tends to stick away from regular TV or movies on Sabbath, (Honestly, TV sucks now anyway) , but it’s nothing wrong with enjoying a beneficial movie. There are some movies out there with a good message, and that can provide a better understanding for yourself. When we first started Shabbat, we would allow our son to watch nature shows. Although not spiritual, we can learn more from animals than any mainstream movie. You also can catch up on your favorite YouTube fellowship or channel, which is what we commonly do. The Sabbath can help us get more out of our tv box other than college Saturday football.
8. Take a afternoon nap
We should all agree that many of us do not get the required 8 hours of sleep every night. As believers of the Bible, we should also realize one of the most important requirements of the Sabbath, which is rest. No one should have to beg us to chill out and rest, so why not take advantage of it. Personally, I always feel so refreshed and rejuvenated after the Sabbath. Even though it may not seem like much, but that weekly rest does add up and helps you get through the week with a more positive attitude. While you are at it, throw some cucumbers on those eyes , and catch up on your much needed zzz’s
9. Spend time with Family
Last, but definitely very important is family time. Now each activity on this list can be done alone, but how much better could this be with the entire family. Now you do not have to spend the whole day in the same room (even sometimes we do), but at least set up times that the family can spend quality time together. Since we are not working, cooking, or cleaning, we are open to get to know our family on a better level without regular life’s distractions.