Incidentally, I discovered recently that the first commandment is not what I thought it was. Instead, see: Exodus 20:2 (CJB) “I am Adonai your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.” (See my very first blog about this. 9/11/11)
I always wonder why, in the churches most of us grew up in, we were taught to keep only the 9 Commandments. Last time I checked, there were ten (at least). Every time I read through the Bible, over and over again, I read that God set apart the 7th day, starting in Genesis 2:3. The commandment to keep Sabbath is repeated numerous times in the scriptures. God even wrote it in stone. But somehow, our religious leaders come up with all kinds of convoluted reasons why we do not have to keep it. None of the passages they quote, are quoting God, who instituted the Sabbath. Seems to me, He is the only one qualified to abolish or make it UNholy. (See Matthew 5:17 & following.)
Also, if you really want to know the truth, get a concordance and look up every reference on the Sabbath and I think, like us, you will come to a whole new understanding of the Sabbath.
What people don’t seem to understand is, that it is a gift, #1 & #2, it is supposed to be about God.
Exodus 16:29 (CJB) “Look, Adoinai has given you the Shabbat… each of you is to stay where you are; no one is to leave his place on the 7th day.”
Exodus 20:8, 11 (CJB) “Remember the day, Shabbat” to set it apart for God.” “This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for Himself.”
See also, Leviticus 23 and Isaiah 56:6,7 & 58:13, 14.