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July 11, 2020 2:00 am
If ever there was a commandment tailor made for the workaholic, this is it! God gives permission (in fact an order) to take R and R. What a gracious God we serve to write this into the Top Ten. But this fourth commandment is a controversial one. Some have made it a burden rather than a blessing to keep. Is the Sabbath regulation for the modern Christian or just the ancient Jew? Did the Sabbath get changed? Are we breaking the Sabbath if we worship on Sunday? We'll explore these issues in the next two weeks.
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Did you know that the Sabbath law did not just include the Saturday Sabbath included special other days for Levitical fees. The feast of trumpets, feast of Tabernacles and smatter throughout the year.
Besides the Saturday weekly Sabbath. There were special father Sabbath days.
For instance, Leviticus 23, the feast of trumpets on the first day of the seventh month you shall have a Shabbat seven is fired as we all may be worse than something we just are very good. No hundred years ago people selected our to have longer on an average night than we do now with so much work to do so much to keep us entertained and so much technology or fingertips. We have a lot going on that keeps us away is not necessarily a good thing about today on connect was the appointed division skip. Isaac continues a dynamic look at the 10 Commandments series, God stopped in today.
He begins to impact the fourth commandment to rest before we begin today we want to tell you about a powerful new resource we have for you this month and connectwithskip.com.
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I got a confess I have never read this until yesterday insight into my car, but it's it begins this way. Regular maintenance is essential to obtaining the highest level of performance, safety and reliability from your car. This booklet is designed to help you make sure that your vehicle receives proper and timely maintenance and it ends by saying follow this booklet's recommendations and you will enjoy a maximum reliability and peace of mind from your vehicle for many years to come. So here's a manual saying read the book and have regularly scheduled maintenance while here's our owners manual right here in the commandment were about to read you might say is God's maintenance law for our lives to ensure that you live a peaceful life at maximum capacity. It's the designers guide to your life. We call these the 10 Commandments.
These 10 words that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai and today the fourth commandment as part of the 10 but I would wreak name this fourth commandment as the 10 dirt commandment. It's tender, it shows the tender graciousness and mercy of God, and writing into the script. The command to relax to rest.
To take a weekly vacation, we might put it this way, you need a vacation from your vocation and keep in mind, or try to imagine how powerful this statement would be to the children of Israel member.
The setting there in front of Mount Sinai, and the mountain was quaking and there was lightning and fire, and the people were down below saying to Moses hate you go up and hear from God were knocking to go near they work in fear of this great and awesome God and so he gives the first commandment worship no other gods in the second no graven images they get down to the fourth commandment. And by the way, take a day off. Wow radical for 2 million slaves who did know what a day off was in Egypt who are oppressed and maligned and exploited for years by the Egyptians for God to write into the top 10. Relax, and that's an order. By the way, it is an ordered is a Commandments appositive commandment, but it's a commandment and I would say that God's a pretty good judge of human character. He knows we need a commandment in this area I venture to say that this message will speak to a great number of people who live their lives without pedal to the metal always living a fullbore. In fact, it seems that breaking the Sabbath is the one commandment some people actually brag about breaking. I haven't taken a day off in four years what were supposed to applaud it that that's a good thing but shows us your great work ethic vacation. What's not. Some people actually brag about breaking somebody once said, we become a generation of people who worship our work who work at our play and to play at our worship place in our society places such a high value on what you do, so that when we meet somebody we say hey what's your name, and we shake their hand and typically we asked the second question, what do you do for a living because we are quite what they do with the value of who they are well something to make a note of and we haven't even gotten to the commandment yet is you'll notice that this is a positive, not a negative commandment. It's one of only two positive Commandments in the top 10 most of them are cast in the negative light. You shall not, you shall not, you shall not until we get to the fourth commandment. This is put in a different manner put in the positive, not the negative and the fourth and the fifth commandment are in that manner. That is a contrast go back with me to verse three you shall have no other gods before me. Verse four you shall not make for yourself a carved image verse five you shall not bow down to them.
Verse seven you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. But now the difference verse eight. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God in it you shall do no work you nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and he hollowed it now I'm to be taking this commandment slowly unlocking do it in one message I met a look at it this week with you and next week, and here's what I face a problem when I start studying the text. I get awfully excited and I write things down and I then see how can I fit all this into one and I think there's just too much information and too much inspiration from the information that I like to impart so I've already done this on one of the commandment will do with a couple others, but I want to look at this slowly and really apply this and answer some questions because none of the 10 Commandments generate more controversy than this one did you know that whole church movements have begun over the issue of the Sabbath day. Did you know that some people think you're actually breaking the Sabbath because you meet today and not yesterday fact, some of gone so far as to say you're taking the mark of the beast.
If you worship on Sunday and not on Saturday so you know, last night we had our first service. I guess they're all okay but what about the rest of us poor folks for meeting here today. So what is it mean to keep the Sabbath what is the Sabbath is a special day is and only the seventh day.
Did it ever gets changed in church history is the Sunday Sabbath.
The term we use all of these questions and more will be looking at principally next week but in part this week. Let me let me remind you of something as we jump into our text today to remind you of the two divisions of the 10 Commandments. Remember that there were two tables of the law and the first floor comprise the first table, the second six Commandments are the second table of the law. The first four Commandments are theocentric. God centered the define our relationship with God, the second six are anthropocentric, man centered. They define our relationship to each other so I'm bringing that up because this is the fourth commandment is that in the first table of the law. Therefore, the Sabbath isn't just a break from your work, it must have to deal with worship must have to deal with our relationship with God. So let's review the first commandment you have to worship the right, God, you have no other gods besides me. The Lord said you can't just pick and choose. I worship that God with that name and they're all really the same. You gotta worship the right, God first and foremost. Second, you must worship the right God in the right way you can say well I sort of have decided to worship God in my own way.
The only worship God accepts is the worship God directs then the third commandment is not only worship the right God in the right way. But even down to the honoring of his very name because name means character, reputation and authority now. The fourth commandment is all part of that flow. We worship the right God in the right way, honoring his character, reputation and authority all day on this special day the whole day is devoted to the Lord. So this morning I want to take you back to verse eight and look at verse eight and nine oregano notice the two things. The remembrance and the responsibility remembrance is commanded. This is a command and the responsibility that we have is conveyed in verse nine tell us look at. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy in your reading through the Bible that word Sabbath will occur 90 times in the Old Testament from the Hebrew workshop bot translated in English Sabbath another 50 times. It will be written in the New Testament from the Greek word Saba time same idea was it mean that means stop thoughts all means stop, cease and desist put an end to the ideas that this day puts an end to the week. The into the work week work six days seventh a take off 54 times in the Bible. It is not called the Sabbath, but it is called the seventh day, in particular the seventh day of the seventh day we call Saturday doesn't start Saturday morning but it begins Friday evening if you were in Israel, and it was Sabbath. Friday evening he would be getting together with her family to celebrate Shabbat because the day begins Friday evening at sunset continues all the way to Saturday evening at sunset fact to be exact when you see the three stars visible in the night sky. That's when Sabbath begins and you see the three stars.
The following night. That's when Sabbath in so the Jewish day begins at night except to say why is that because that's how the creation was, it says an evening and morning were the first day and evening and morning were the second day and evening and morning were the third day, etc. so the day begins in the evening continues through the daylight hours to sunset the following day. Next question is where where did the Sabbath come from. Is this something that all of a sudden comes to us in the law of Moses, we suddenly read about it in the 10 Commandments. No actually goes all the way back to creation. Here's a quote from Genesis chapter 2 on the seventh day God ended his work which he had done and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done and God blessed the seventh day, and he sanctified so way back at the time of creation. The pattern six and 16 and 1 Was Established Way before Moses. But when the children of Israel are taken out of the land of Egypt, and brought through the wilderness. The Sabbath law is reintroduced and expanded. And here's an example. While they were in the wilderness this weird substance came from heaven and landed on the ground every morning. It was called manna in the Bible says it look like white coriander seed, but it tasted like wafers mixed with honey so like the Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the Old Testament on the ground every day.
The breakfast of champions. This is how it would work according to God's law is that six days you shall gather it and you only gather enough for one day but on the sixth day gather twice as much because God said on the Sabbath, the seventh day there will be any underground so on the six day you gather twice as much. So you can be at home leisurely eating.
We picked up the day before. Exodus 35 further expands that the Lord says don't even start a fire. Don't kindle a fire in any of your dwellings throughout the camp of Israel. Look at verse 10 we arty read it, but you'll notice that on the Sabbath day.
Your to take the day off. Your kids are to have the day off. Your employees are to have the day off, even your pets get the day off all of the animals don't work. I heard a story about an angry church member who went up to his minister and said I called you all day Monday and was unable to get through to you the room minister said it's because I take Mondays off the church member said what what you mean day off you take the day off, even the devil doesn't take the day off and the minister said you're right.
And if I didn't take the day off I be just like him. So God says you all take it off. Everybody takes it off in your dwelling something else about the Sabbath since were giving some background on it. I think it's also important. Did you know that the Sabbath law did not just include the Saturday Sabbath included special.
Other days for Levitical feasts and the feast of trumpets, feast of Tabernacles and smatter throughout the year. Besides the Saturday weekly Sabbath. There were special other Sabbath days.
For instance, this Leviticus 23, the feast of trumpets on the first day of the seventh month you shall have a Shabbat Sabbath for the feast of Tabernacles. We read the fee shall be kept for seven days. The first day shall be a Sabbath to the Lord and the eighth day shall be a Sabbath so understand the Sabbath was once a week and also other days throughout the year all but wait there's more. Not only was there Saturday and other days throughout the year. There was a Sabbath year. Did you know that Sabbath year a whole year year to take off you go.
Sign me up for that one. This is how it worked just like there was a pattern of six days in one day for rest. There was a pattern of six years and one year rest. There is a week of years that helps me get to Daniel nine, especially in the 70th week of Daniel. But this is how it was operated.
God said for six years you work the land you so you reap you till you take in the seventh year you hang out all year long. And God's is also blessing your endeavors in the land that all you have to do is go out and take whatever grows by itself done for two purposes number one to keep people from depleting the minerals in the richness of the soil.
Number two, to remind them that the land and belong to them, but belongs to God. Why am I giving all the spectra because sometimes you'll meet someone who will take great pride that they are Sabbath keepers.
I keep the Sabbath, in contrast to you who don't keep this up and I always ask do you really keep the Sabbath. Oh yes, very, very adamant Scott's commandment K so that means you keep the Saturday Sabbath to write and you keep those other days during the year ago what other days of those and I'll remind him I sent it also means that once every seven years you take the year off right you just live by faith. You just trust God for that year.
You don't do any work will not undo that is was part of the law to as part of God's pattern as well. What was then that didn't count.
However, for God accounted in fact accounted very much that his people were to keep that sabbatical year, as well as the day because did you know that one of the reasons the children of Israel were expelled from their land and taken to Babylon for 70 years is because they didn't do that well it's no less also about worship will learn more about that next time as pastor. Skip continues the teaching relax and that's an order or current series God's talk to and is available for you to purchase and connectwithskip.com you receive all 17 messages as an audio CD package for only $39 plus shipping were more in order to the head connectwithskip.com when you call us at 1-800-922-1888. Now this update from the connect with Skip resource Center ready to radically upgrade your prayer life stuck in blessing mode, you have come to the right place you are ready for dangerous prayers really start playing three new players and I warned you these are not easy.
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