Continuing the thoughts on The Ten Commandments, I’m on number four.
Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exo 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
This is a tricky commandment for me because frankly, I don’t follow it. I try to get some rest on Sunday’s and if we eat at a restaurant I feel bad that I’m part of causing other people to work. Of course, it is their choice.
In Exodus 31:13 and 17, it says, “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.”
Exo 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
The reasons for me not following it are twofold. One, I’m not an Israeli. Two, it falls under the law and Jesus died, fulfilling the law, so we’ve entered into His rest through His death and resurrection.
My conundrum is that I truly feel the rest of the commandments need to be followed. “Thou shall not murder” is as valid today as always, which is in one of the upcoming commandments.
None of them save people, the law exposes our unworthiness and our need for a Savior before a perfect, holy God.
God is good and He loves us unconditionally. That’s the blessing of being a Christian. God loves us and He tells us to love others so they’ll know we’re Jesus’ disciples by our love. Joh_13:23, (KJV) says, “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
Joh_13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Then Jesus consolidated the commandments into two all-encompassing decrees:
Mar_12:28, (KJV) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
Mar_12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
Mar_12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar_12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Mar_12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
Mar_12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Mar 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
May God bless you!