June 2, 2013

REST ASSURED

Big Idea: A time to reflect; a day of rejoicing.

Why do we have such a hard time keeping the Sabbath? If a Christian regularly broke the 6th Commandment (Do not murder) what would you think about him/her? What if they were constantly using the Lord’s Name in cursing, or if they had an idol shrine in their backyard? What if they regularly broke the 7th Commandment about adultery or the 8th Commandment about stealing? What if they regularly broke the 4th Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day; keep it holy, DON’T WORK!” Anybody work on Sundays? Not just at your job, but mowing the lawn or doing the dishes? Do you know what the penalty was for working on the Sabbath? We don’t have it here, but it’s given in Exodus 35:2: “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of Sabbath rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.” That’s the same penalty as for MURDER!

Of all the 10 commandments, this one about the Sabbath is the one which is most fully ignored even by devout Christians. Why is it that we consider the other commandments valid, but not the 4th? Or are we all just in REALLY big trouble with God?