[We started our study of the Ten Commandments by
considering the nature of the law of God and discovered how the
moral law of God, once written on stone is now written, through the
indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, upon the living flesh of our
For the lost the law is
a schoolmaster, revealing their sinfulness and lostness, and
striving to bring them to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their
personal Lord and Savior.
For the saved the law is now living and alive within them,
activated and accentuated by the love of God within each child of
God. The law is not
nullified but it is more real than ever, it is the natural result of
the love of Christ within us.]
[Therefore, the Ten Commandments and their
fulfillment in our Christian lives becomes a confirmation of our
salvation. The willing
and joyful fulfillment of the Ten Commandments is the Helmet of
Salvation that affirms the relationship we now have with our
study of the Ten Commandments we have discovered,]
Commandment – The Preeminence of God - Jehovah God is
preeminent because there is no other God.
He, and He alone is God.]
Commandment – The
Living God – Jehovah God is the only living God. Because
there are no other god’s.
Our Heavenly Father is Jealous for our souls that we
might walk with him.
Idols or false god’s will only alienate us from God and rob us
of the eternal life He reserves and desires for each of us.]
Commandment – A
Worthy God – Jehovah God, as the only living God, is worthy
of all my honor, and praise.
He is jealous for me that my soul and spirit might be
saved and in eternal harmony with Him.]
[Today, in this
we discover God’s provision for our walk with our Heavenly Father.
God provides our access to Him, for the Jews of the Old Testament
through the priesthood and sacrifices, for us today a far better way
is given. We have
direct access to our Heavenly Father through the eternal sacrifice
made by our Lord Jesus Christ.
But we must come to Him, seeking a relationship with Him,
hence our need for a Sabbath Day.]
A Special Day (vs 8) [-
the sabbath day, to
keep it holy. –
Our Heavenly Father desires that He might walk with us and talk with
us in our spiritual journey.
The command to establish and honor a Sabbath Day is an
expression of God’s desire to maintain a growing intimacy with His
Sabbath Day (vs 8) [-Remember
the sabbath day, . . . -
Just what is a Sabbath Day?]
- . .
. the seventh
day of the week, known in many cultures as “Saturday,” an important
day dedicated to rest and worship (Ex 16:23);
i.e., unit of seven days (Lev 23:15+);
rest period, i.e.,
a period of
time for resting, which may or not be the seventh day of the week,
with a focus on this as a period for rest (Lev 16:31; 23:32(2x);
25:2, 4(2×),6, 8(2x); 26:34(2×),35,
43; 2Ch 36:21+)
[Hence the Hebrew word Sabbath means
“take a break” or
“just relax for a bit.”
It emphasizes our need to set aside some time for physical
and spiritual rest and renewal.
It also emphasizes that fact that as long as you are doing
what you normally do on a given day you will miss out on something
important for your life.]
[Work, your family, and the affairs of life have a way of demanding
more and more time.
Often our life’s circumstances will bring us to a point where we are
so consumed by the series of events that naturally demand our time
that we in essence loose control of our daily schedule.
In other words our schedule begins to schedule itself. The
larger your family, the more demanding your schedule and the less
control over your schedule you will seem to have.]
[In commanding the Sabbath Day God is saying that we need to
regularly break the devouring beast of our schedule to purposefully
rest and renew ourselves.
And in commanding,
Remember the sabbath day, . . . Our Heavenly Father tells us to
make this weekly diversion and priority in our lives.]
Special Day (vs 8; Heb 9.22) [-
Remember the sabbath day,
to keep it
– Not only does our Heavenly Father say remember the Sabbath day but
He tells us to keep it special.
The word used in our Lord’s command is the word holy, which
consecrated, i.e., dedicate to service and loyalty to God, and so
involving proper conduct (as prescribed) of any person or object so
dedicated (Hag 2:12); (nif)
(Ex 29:43); (piel)
dedicate (Ge 2:3); (pual)
be dedicated, be
consecrated (2Ch 26:18; 31:6; Ezr 3:5; Eze 48:11+); (hif)
consecrate, dedicate, regard as holy (Lev 22:2); (hitp)
LN 88.24-88.35 (qal)
i.e., be in a state of having superior moral qualities, with
behavior which is positively unique and pure, in contrast to other
corrupt standards (Isa 65:5); (nif)
(Lev 20:8); (hif)
regard as holy
(Isa 29:23b); (hitp)
LN 11.12-11.54 (pual)
God’s people, i.e., pertaining to persons who belong to God, and as
such constitute a religious entity (Isa 13:3+);
LN 88.24-88.35 (hif)
honor as holy,
i.e., feel reverence to honor something or someone as holy (Isa
[Our Lord is telling us the make this day unlike any other day in
that it ought to be, it must be, a day given particularly to God.
something that can only be attributed to God.
God is holy and we are not.
The only way we can ever hope to be holy is to give ourselves
purposefully to the things of God, as God demands.
In other words, in order for us to be holy and separated unto
God we must worship God, God’s way.]
[Something that is holy is something that is separated to God and
for God. Therefore the
second part of the Sabbath Day is that it
be a sacred
day. We must
strive to keep it given to God.
Hence, to make a day, a day of rest, might mean going
fishing, going golfing, or my personal favorite going for a
motorcycle ride, but it would not be a Sabbath Day because those
things do not separate us unto God or make us holy.
To be holy we must give ourselves to God, God’s way.
the Jews, when this command was given, holiness required
And almost all things
are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is
[The cleansing required to achieve holiness was only available
through a sacrifice and a sacrifice required worship.
My friends you are not holy just because you think you are
holy, holiness is only realized through the atoning blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ and His continual cleansing in our lives.
But this holiness speaks of keeping the Day of the Sabbath
uniquely given to God.]
The Sabbath Day (vs 9-10) [-
Six days shalt thou labour,
and do all thy work: 10
But the seventh day
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: - In
giving this command to Israel our Lord also gave them instructions
about how to keep the Sabbath Day God’s Day
Servile Work (Exo
And the LORD spake unto
Moses, saying, 13 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. 14
Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it
is holy unto you:
every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for
whosoever doeth any
work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Six days may
work be done; but in the seventh
is the sabbath of
rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth
any work in the
sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
16 Wherefore the
children of Israel
shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their
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
and was refreshed. 18
And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of
communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables
of stone, written with the finger of God.]
[As God explains the sacredness of the Sabbath Day to Israel we get a
sense of how strongly God felt about this day.]
and Refreshed - A part of the goal of the Sabbath Day is
where the Bible says
and was refreshed.
Therefore, we must understand that we must break the daily
cycle of things so that we might be renewed and strengthened.
The Hebrew word translated rested here means to come to a
שָׁבַ֖ת (Hb) - 1.
cease, stop, be at a standstill (intrans.) Gn 8:22; w.min
Gn 2:2f, w.
min + inf. Je
min stay away
from La 5:14; — 2. stop working, take a holiday Ex 16:30;
subj. land Lv 26:34f; = keep sabbath Ex 23:12;
keep sabbath Lv 23:32.]
[Once we come to a stop we can then allow our bodies, mind, and
spirit to recuperate from life’s struggles and stress.]
(Hb) - exhale,
one’s breath, refresh onesf. Ex 23:12 31:17 2S 16:14.
[The picture is of one running in a race or strenuously exerting
oneself and stopping to catch their breath.
We must, on a regular basis stop and catch our breath.
While this certainly refers to a physical recuperation it is
also emphasizing a spiritual renewal.
Our physical state is not the only state of our being that
must be refreshed we often need to stop and catch our spiritual
Importance of our Restoration -
There are many in our day who smirk at the idea of a Sabbath
Day. Of course, there
have always been people who thought they knew better than God.
But God expresses how important this Holy Day of Recuperation
is, God command that all who failed to honor the Sabbath should be
put to death
In this grave decree we learn just how incredibly important our
spiritual renewal is.
We must learn that our physical, mental, and spiritual well being
rests upon these personal sabbaticals.]
that God singles out work as the activity that must be stopped
on the Sabbath. Now in
the descriptions found in the Bible and the statements of our Lord
Jesus Christ in the New Testament I have come to personally coin the
in relation to the Sabbath.
I define servile work as that work which you normally do on a
daily basis. If you are
a farmer then stop farming for a day, if you are a doctor then stop
practicing for a day, if you are a house wife then stop house wife-ing
for a day.]
me give you the example of a house wife.
While in the wilderness God rained down manna on
Israel and everyday Israel would
gather up some manna, prepare it and eat it.
Except on the Sabbath Day.
On the Sabbath Day no manna would come, but Israel was commanded to gather up
twice as much manna on Friday and to prepare enough for two days (Exo
16.22-23). Wives do
everything you can on the day before the Sabbath, so that you can
have a Sabbath of rest on the Sabbath.]
[Now, there are some things that just have to be done on the
Sabbath. Animals have
to be fed and watered.
Animals in danger have to be protected.
People need to be cared for and life must be preserved.
But there are many things that we do not have to do, but
choose to do that make the Sabbath day just another ordinary day.
We must, as much as possible, make our Sabbath Day a holy and
peculiar day given to God.]
Sanctimonious Wonder (Luke 13.10-16) [- Now we must be
careful that we do not do what the Jewish religious leaders did with
God’s command concerning the Sabbath.
They took God’s command so seriously that they treated it
ridiculously. They came
up with the sabbatical mile which taught that you could only walk so
far on the Sabbath day before it was considered work.
Someone has said that they had a sabbatical law that stated
that if you had flee and scratched your head you were hunting and
therefore working, I don’t really know if this was really a true
ordinance or not, but it makes for an interesting example.]
[While we should not do servile work on the
Sabbath we can and must be compassionate on the Sabbath.
And he was teaching
in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11 And, behold, there was a
woman which had a spirit of infirmity
years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise
lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw
her, he called her to him,
and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid
his hands on her:
and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus
had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are
six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be
healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered
him, and said, Thou
hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or
his ass from the
stall, and lead him
away to watering? 16
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan
hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on
the sabbath day?]
[The Jewish leaders had taken the heart, life and purpose right out
of the Sabbath. The
Sabbath is all about life and living.
It is all about stopping the regular hustle and bustle of the
work week and finding restoration and renewal and often our greatest
restoration comes through helping other people in their times of
physical and spiritual need.]
A Sacred Day (vs 11) [-
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. –
The Christian Lord’s Day,
the first day of the week.
The Jews were commanded by God to honor the Sabbath Day in
particular, which is the last day of the week or Saturday.
The example that was provided for them was God’s creative
week and the fact that Jehovah God rest on the seventh day from His
work, therefore the Jewish people should rest on the last day of the
week following God’s example.
However, while the Christian Church has always honored a
Christian Sabbath, the Christian Sabbath has always been on the
first day of the week or on Sunday.
There has always been a great deal of debate between various
Christian sects about when a born again Christian ought to Worship.
Whole denominations focus on Saturday Worship rather than
Sunday Worship because Saturday is actually the Sabbath day
according to the Old Testament.
So why do we worship
Particular Day (Acts
20.7; 1 Cor 16.2; 2 Tim 2.15) [– Grant R. Jeffrey, in his book
Apocalypse, provides a great study about the early Church and Sunday
Worship. In this study
early Church writers such as Ignatius (30-107 A.D.), Irenaeus
(120-202 A.D.), and Theodoret are quoted in regard to the practice
of Sunday Worship and all of them give essentially the same reason
for the Sunday Worship of the Church,
it is the
day of our Lord’s Resurrection and our liberation.]
[In his study Grant notes how the early
Church worshipped the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday,
referred to as
Day, while the Jewish Christians continued to worship on
Saturday as well, the Jewish Sabbath.
However, gentile Christians were never asked or compelled to
keep the Jewish Sabbath.
There are a number of references to these practices in the
And upon the first day
of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul
preached unto them,
ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until
[1 Corinthians 16:2
Upon the first
day of the week let
every one of you lay by him in store, as
God hath prospered
him, that there be no gatherings when I come. ]
[As a matter of fact, when the apostle Paul
had returned to Jerusalem,
as recorded in Acts 21.18-26, James asked Paul to honor the Jewish
law and go to the temple and purify himself as an example to the
Jewish Christians. The
Jewish Christians were encouraged to follow the traditions of their
Jewish fathers and be Christians as well; which Paul did.
As a matter of fact this practice was the occasion when Paul
was taken prisoner and would never see freedom again.
Concerning this occasion the Bible records,]
Do therefore this
that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify
thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave
their heads: and
all may know that those things, whereof they were informed
concerning thee, are nothing;
that thou thyself
also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
25 As touching the Gentiles
which believe, we have written
and concluded that
they observe no such thing, save only that they keep
themselves from things
offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from
[From the founding of the Christian Church
we discover that there was a distinction between the Sabbath
(Jewish) and The Lord’s Day (Christian).
It is not only recorded in the context of the Bible but in
the commentaries and early writings of the Christian Church.]
Law, The Jew, and The Christian – There is a lot of
debate and discussion about the Old Testament laws and our Christian
lives. For instance
there are those who say,]
[None of the Old Testament
applies to Christians today; these essentially ignore the Old
of the Old Testament apply to Christians today, these apply
portions of the Old Testament to Christians today.]
of the Bible applies to Christians today, these search the whole
Word of God for direction in their personal and spiritual lives.]
[Folks, I search the whole of the Word of
God for revelation and direction in my life.
However, I search the Old Testament with an eye and mind for
the right divisions of the work of God.
The Bible says,]
[2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself
approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
dividing the word of truth.]
(Gk) - Cut in the right direction, divide correctly.
- meaning upright, erect, straight and
- meaning cutting, sharp, keen.
Hence, rightly dividing the Word of truth is the only correct
translation of this Greek word.
Cutting produces divisions, thus there are divisions in the
Word of God that must be identified and applied correctly.
Merely, translating this word as handling properly or rightly
looses sight of the divisions implied in Scripture.]
[I teach the Ten Commandments knowing that
Testament reiterates the moral law contained in the Old Testament.
However, the civil law contained in the Old Testament was
given to the nation of
and while it is a great example for other nations to follow it is
still a civil law given to the Jewish nation.
The ceremonial law or Levitical law was given to the Jewish
priesthood and much of it was fulfilled through the resurrection of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore the sacrifices are no longer required and hold no atoning
value, because those sacrifices all point to, and were fulfilled in,
the Lord Jesus Christ.]
[Some have argued that Leviticus nineteen,
from which I quoted last week, just does not apply to us today.
For instance we don’t worry today about mixing materials in
clothing and with whether our seeds are mixed or not.
Folks I do not just overlook any portion of scripture, I look
into the Word of God looking to understand the character of my
Heavenly Father and considering how the things I discover within
every portion of my Bible helps me to refine my relationship and
walk with Him. For
Ye shall not make any
cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I
am the LORD.]
[I understand this to mean that my Heavenly
Father designed me just as He has and that I am wonderfully and
gloriously made. I do
not need tattoos, body piercings or plastic surgery to change what
my God has done. I will
honor my Lord by preserving what He has done for me by His design.
Once, I understand this
truth the whole word of God joins in harmony to support its truth.
I therefore stand in opposition to any tattoos, body
piercings, or plastic surgeries regardless of their content, because
nothing can improve upon what my God has done.]
[I am not a Jew, therefore Jewish laws are
not my laws. But I am a
Christian and the whole of the Bible teaches me about the nature and
character of my God and teaches me how to walk with my Heavenly
what is The Lord’s Day about for me as a Christian?
I call it the Christian Sabbath because it is my day of
renewal, rest, and restoration in my relationship with my Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. On
this Day of the Lord I endeavor to Worship my Lord, Grow in my Lord,
and Give to my Lord by giving to His people.
It is particularly the day that I remember the incredible
sacrifices my Lord made for me, the victorious resurrection of my
Lord, and the precious promises His resurrection and salvation
secures for me.]
Peculiar Day (vs 11; Mark 2.27) [- . . .
wherefore the LORD blessed
the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
– In choosing to honor God on the Lord’s Day I make it my dedicated
purpose to make it a peculiar day for my Lord.
It shall forever be a holy day in my heart and life.
I take my Lord’s command concerning the Sabbath toward our
Jewish brothers as my example of what I need to do toward my Lord on
this sacred day. I have
chosen to make this day sacred because my Lord is worthy of at least
that from me.
Therefore, I will do nothing typical of my worldly lost counterparts
on The Lord’s Day. As
our Jewish forefathers were commanded to do no servile work, which
was the typical work required to earn a living, on the Sabbath, I
will likewise do nothing to make my Lord’s Day typical.]
is sacred – While I keep the Lord’s Day sacred and holy I will
always honor the life my Lord has given on our Christian Sabbath.
I am always reminded of my Lord words, when He said,]
And he said unto
them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:]
I will refrain, as much as possible, likely to a bit of a fault,
from doing chores and the like on Sunday (my Christian Sabbath) I
will do what I must to secure and support life and restoration on my
day of worship.]
[Supporting Commerce –
However, I will discourage and seek not to support commerce on The
Lord’s Day. I like to
watch sports from time to time.
I like an occasional football game, baseball game, NASCAR
race, and other athletic events.
However, I oppose supporting their Sunday emphasis.
Folks, I believe that Americans have lost much by failing to
recognize a day dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I think that Sunday commerce is about money and more money,
and while prosperity is honored by our Lord, greed and covetousness
is not. I do not
believe that the saying, “Make
all the money you can” is a spiritually healthy truth.
wants His people to prosper, but there are some things that are far
more important than treasure, money, and stuff.
Spiritual prosperity is worth far more than mortal
[Therefore, I urge you my brothers and
sisters in Christ, be sure to keep the Lord’s Day holy and focused
on God. Let it be
peculiar to your resurrected Lord and Savior and it will be come a
testimony of your love and dedication toward Christ to all who see
that dedication in your life and practice.]
Precious Day (Heb 10.25) [– Lastly, let us focus for a
moment on the precious nature that the Lord’s Day ought to hold in
your heart, minds and lives.
The New Testament declares,]
Not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some
is; but exhorting
one another: and so
much the more, as ye see the day approaching.]
us never forsake the assembly of the Lord’s Day.
We need to feast upon the Word of the God.
We need the nourishment of our brothers and sisters in
Christ. We need the
exhortation and edifications that our spiritual family alone can
give us. Make the
Lord’s Day the Lord’s Day indeed by making it a day of,]
[Personal Spiritual Growth – A day wherein the Church and is
ministry are emphasized, as demonstrated in the New Testament.
The Church gathered and preached on Sunday (Acts 20).]
[Family Growth – Make it a point to spend time with your
family on Sunday. Your
family is incredibly important to God.
Show your family how important they are to you on Sunday.]
[Physical Restoration and Growth – Let Sunday be peculiarly
free of physical labor, as much as possible.]
August 30, 2009