Keep the Sabbath (Dueteronomy 5:12-15)
Delivered By
Pastor Michael Daugherty
Delivered On
July 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Subject
The 10 Commandments: Relevant or Not?
Description

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 

12 “ Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day."

Observations:

  1. God modeled and commanded a Sabbath’s rest (Deut. 5:12, Exod. 20:11, Gen. 2:2-3).
  2. The Sabbath is kept Holy by obeying God’s command and plan.
  3. Follow God’s example and His command, rest one full day.
  4. Make everyone under your authority Rest.
  5. Reflect upon who God is and what He has done.

The 4th Commandment tells us two main things: Rest from work and reflect upon who God is and what He has done for you.

Is the Sabbath still relevant? Yes!

In examining Mark 6:31 and 2:27 we see that Jesus commanded rest on the Sabbath because rest was made for man but we must not miss the point that our rest never prevents us from doing the LORD’s work of helping those in need.

The early church instituted Sunday worship (Acts 20:7). The Sabbath for Christians has moved to Sunday and as we rest, we are to reflect upon our salvation found in Jesus Christ. We should also reflect upon what God has done for us the past week and share that with our family.

Application: Stop being so busy. In the 21st century our busy-ness is killing us, driving us from God, making us deaf to the Holy Spirit, and stifling our faith. The cure is Sabbath—rest and reflection. Say NO to good things. Schedule a day to rest. Your work does not define you, God does. He is your Creator, Savior, and Sustainer. Find your identity in Him, Abide in Christ alone and reflect on Him as you observe a Sabbath days rest each week. I believe the best approach is to worship and rest on Sunday if at all possible.