The Fourth Commandment – The World in Front of the Text

Today we are going to look at the world in Front of the text of the Fourth Commandment, as found in Exodus 20: 8-11: 8

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

rootedchristI actually want to do something a little different today.  I want to give you Sabbath in your reading today.  Go read this passage again. Rest.  Don’t try to figure everything out.  Take this time today as Sabbath.  Slow down, listen for God, pray.  I want to ask you today two questions that I want you to think about in conclusion.

How is your Sabbath different? We see in our reading yesterday that we make the Sabbath holy by how we treat it and act on that day.  In our lives that are so busy, what makes our “Sabbath” day look different than any other day? For me, as a preacher, Thursday is my Sabbath. And to be honest, I often struggle to make them different and often I find myself going into work.  That is wrong and I have been convicted of that as I’ve read this week, and I hope to do better keeping my weekly Sabbath. How is your Sabbath different from every other day?

How do you rest and restore yourself?  We are so busy, we don’t rest. We are commanded to.  On your Sabbath, what do you do for rest? What do you do to restore yourself? The people of God were commanded to rest and restore themselves.  We go, go, go and never rest.  How do we rest and restore ourselves?

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