Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Exodus 20:8–20:11
the TEN so far
C #1: "You shall have no other gods before me." C #2: "You shall not make for yourself… bow down to… or worship an image." C #3: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God." Today C #4: "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."
Exodus 20:8-11 NIV
"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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 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.
Matthew 12:11-12 NIV
He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
A Greater Rest
The fourth commandment foreshadowed an even, greater eternal rest that would come through Jesus where we can finally refrain from our “works” (not simply "work")--that is, all our attempts to try to keep the commandments and live a good life in order to earn God’s forgiveness and approval. We can finally stop relying upon our works to get us into heaven, and instead, rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Principle not Precept
There’s a distinction between having to keep the letter of the Law versus wanting to honor the spirit of the Law. We’re no longer bound to the precepts of the Law, but there are blessings to be found in the principles behind the Law.
Are We Willing to Trust God?
Can we let go of work? Or are we sacred? Scared to stop. Scared to let of our control. Scared of falling behind. This is the test: “Am I willing to trust God to provide for my needs by following the rhythm He’s prescribed?”
(1) FIND A DAY
Sunday (the Lord’s Day) is the best day to honor the Sabbath, but it’s not the only choice.
(2) PRIORITIZE WORSHIP
Make space for your worship; don’t just fit it in.
(3) REFRAIN & REFRESH
Get away from your vocation, but not from your recreation.
(4) DON'T COMPARE
Your Sabbath rhythm will look different depending on your job and stage of life.
Matthew 11:28-29 NIV
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.