Thomas Watson 1620-1686
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
This commandment was engraved in stone by God’s own finger—and it will be our comfort to have it engraved in our hearts!
The Sabbath-day is set apart for God’s solemn worship; it is his own enclosure, and must not be used for common uses.
As a preface to this commandment, he has put a memento to it, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
This word, “remember,” shows that we are apt to forget Sabbath holiness; therefore we need a memorandum to put us in mind of sanctifying the day.
Welcome, sweet day of rest,
That saw the Lord arise;
Welcome to this reviving breast,
And these rejoicing eyes!