Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/21/2007

Yesterday’s message in The Ten Commandments for Today series was on the fourth commandment. The message was called Remember the Sabbath, taken from Exodus 20:8-11.

Exodus 20:8-11 – 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping 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. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 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.” (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that we should honor God by enjoying the good gift he has given us of a day off each week for rest and for worship. Here is a brief recap of the message:

First we looked at the origin of the command as found in creation. Next we looked at the meaning of the command for the Israelites in the Old Testament. Then we looked at Jesus’ attitude towards the Sabbath as found in the New Testament. We also examined the three different views concerning Saturday or Sunday observance.

Finally we closed with the following six positive applications for observing the fourth commandment today:

  1. Strive for a proper balance of worship, work and rest in your life.
  2. Set aside time each week for public worship.
  3. Reflect on the five purposes given in Scripture for the fourth commandment.
        – a time of rest and refreshment,
        – a sign of belonging to God,
        – a special day for public worship,
        – a way to show your trust in God’s provision,
        – a reminder of God’s redemption in Christ.
  4. Seek and follow the leading of God’s Spirit concerning work and other activities on Sundays.
  5. Avoid the opposite extremes of “business as usual” or legalistic observance.
  6. Follow the convictions of your conscience without judging others.

Note: To read the complete message, go to the Sermons tab at the top of the blog.

2 Comments

  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    I read the “long” version of this sermon, because it has always fascinated me that we seem to believe that the other 9 commandments still apply, but somehow this one doesn’t. I liked the balance you struck, Ray. Since I have tried to take a sabbath, I have found myself to be more rested and less prone to sickness. I find that I look forward to Sundays and even long for them at times, because I know that on a Sunday I get to worship and I get to just plain stop after that. I read, I sleep, I take a lazy walk with the dog, and oh then maybe I sleep some more! Thanks for the balanced approach and for not simply saying it doesn’t apply any more.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for your thoughts. You make the Sabbath sound like something to look forward to – which is just what it should be!

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