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July 18, 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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God's people called to remember the Sabbath call to mind contemplate recall in order that it might elicit the proper response of setting it aside totally for the Lord.
So let me encourage you remembering well.
I tried how I remember you remember anything you like me you about that right that dentist appointment book hang out. She'll out veg out all day long. Write it into your schedule.
Although it seems like we could all use a little more rest. Even other days of the five plenty to keep us busy.
But in spite of our calendars and growing to do lists. The Lord commands us to take a seven so what does the Bible mean by rest and is available as something we actually have to do is believe get answers that a hearing correctly Skip weekend division skip. Isaac continues her series, God's top 10. These messages help us understand how the 10 Commandments apply to our daily living will also have ordering information for this entire series. After the change. First, we have a powerful prayerful resourcefully of this month that connect with Skip ready to radically upgrade your prayer life still 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 will warn you. These are not easy. Prayers does not say prayers are not benign prayer, recalling the dangerous prayers, but there dangerous in a good way and that is just my opinion. Most people I know in this part of the world most people's prayers are way to say that Craig Rochelle from his book dangerous prayers. And this is our summer resource offer. If you are ready to get out of your comfort with some prayers that are not safe to pray no going into the when you pray this prayer to really ask God to do something that will often take you out of your comfort zone. Unlock your potential with Craig Rochelle's book dangerous prayers our gift to you when you give $35 or more today to help keep this ministry on the air. Request your copy when you get online securely connectwithskip.com/offer or you can call 800-922-1888 another clip from Craig's book dangerous prayers talk about it. During this prayer with God on a dangerous prayer to ask God break.
The last thing and it was one of the other side of brokenness is a real intimacy with God on him. You cannot get any other way. Brokenness will have enough encouraging books yet one that will grab you by the throat and get her attention, replaced send me saying God will do what I want to do this I got a blank contract basically whatever whenever and however available to whatever you want to do. My life is yours to send connectwithskip.com/offer or you can call 809 two 218 Bibles to Exodus chapter 20 for this teaching, relax, and that's an order here.
Skip Heitzig to you so tell you take in seventh year you hang out all here long and goddesses also bless your endeavors in the land that all you have to do is go out and take whatever grows by itself done for two purposes want 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 getting 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 the Sabbath 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's right and you keep those other days during the year ago what other days of those and I'll remind them to send it also means that once every seven years you take the year off right you just live by faith is trust God for that year. You do any work will not undo that is was part of the law to as part of God's pattern as well. One that was a fan but 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. That's right, they didn't take God seriously on the 70th or the seventh year, and for 490 years in the land.
They disregarded this seventh year process so the Lord booted them out of the land and this is why this is second Chronicles 36 to fulfill the word of the Lord until the land enjoyed its Sabbath as long as she lay desolate.
She kept the Sabbath to fulfill 70 years. You don't keep it for 490 years that 70 sabbatical years.
You only 70 by he took it seriously. While look what God's people were told to do in verse eight here's the commandment.
Remember the Sabbath. The Hebrew word Sarkar remember what is that mean that mean you to sit around and contemplate it. Let me just let the thought come to your mind. All I remembered today Sabbath there. I Commandment I remembered it. It came into my mind know it must mean more than that and it does. Joseph was in prison and he told the cupbearer who was going to go back and work for Pharaoh. He was restored to his position. Hey, when you get out of jail and you're working for Pharaoh. Remember me what Joseph mean that he mean why you're working for Pharaoh have fond thoughts of me.
One day, you know, call me to mind smile when you think more about my name get me out of here. Remember me the idea of this very strong command. By the way it is put in the Hebrew form called the infinite absolute it's a very strong positive emphatic commandment and it means to call to mind to contemplate or to ponder in order to elicit the proper response and what is the proper response were told in verse eight.
Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. That's what God wants us to do with the day. Keep it holy.
Set this day aside as different from all other days in the week. Simply said, you might put it this way, God is saying. Set a day apart for me. For me to do whatever I want what I love what I like question how many of you are married today. Don't be ashamed as those hands up someday this could those that are married, how many of you have ever heard of or practice what's called a date night date night were hand should be at the Napa that's okay. Here's why it should be a date night is a covenant that a husband and a wife make that say is as we grow in his life gets busy and we have kids and we have our careers. Let's not neglect the bond that you and I have.
Let's reconnect. Let's nurture each other. It's not about the kids tonight. That's a babysitter.
It's not about other couples is about us.
It's our date night. It's at night are our time set apart holy just for us. When my son Nathan was growing up we had a day my wife invented the term she called and I love Nathan day and every time he heard this term. He lit up, my wife would say to Nathan hate you know what today is go know what she said it's and I love Nathan day and his eyes would light up and he got so excited because it's what it meant. On that day. Nathan could pick where we go to lunch. What activity we do what store we go to the look at stuff was all about what he wanted to do the Sabbath day is the I love God day God takes the activity.
It's all about him. It's what he likes, it's what he loves and he's to be honored back in 1924 Eric a little ran the Olympics in Paris. You'll recall Eric little if you saw the movie chariots of fire and I told the story last night and I didn't do is imitation his voice so some people felt slighted but he was the guy in the movie who was called to be in the ministry, but he also had a gift of running and he said to his sister during the movie Jenny. I know God made me for apartments, but he also made me fast and went out on. I feel his pleasure case anyway. That aside, that's a guy said enough enough to clap with that is just a goofy little thing that I do and people sort of expected now anyway. His strongest Ron was the hundred meter here was the problem. In 1924 in Paris during the Olympics. The heat was run on Sunday. Eric little refused to run he wouldn't do it. He backed out of the race the day the heat was going on. He was preaching in the church a few days later, he announced he would run the 400 m people who knew the race and knew him what he trained for said you don't have a chance in heaven to win that race. Not only did he run the race.
He won the gold medal and broke the world record, and he said I honored God. Therefore God is honoring me with this race while it sort of strange but as time went on this commandment got weird that's right the commandment to rest actually became laborious hard to keep, and here's why.
The children of Israel came back into the land after the captivity, they were so gunshot I didn't want her daughter break any of the commandments. They developed a list of 39 activities, you could not do on the Sabbath, else you break is… A list of 39.
Will those 39 translated into 24 chapters written in the Babylonian Talmud.
That was a discussion of what you can and can't do on the Sabbath.
For instance, the law says you can't bear a burden lift something heavy on the Sabbath, so they had paragraph and page after page of what it meant to bear a burden on the Sabbath. Questions like, can you lift the lamp and I got a problem. It's dark and I have a candle and I want to see what's in that room. Can I lift the lamp and walk into the room where my breaking the Sabbath by bearing the burden can a woman were approach a pin declaration on her dress because maybe she's bearing the burden by putting that on can a person wear artificial teeth on the Sabbath. I did make that up that's in the Babylonian, I'm sure the false teeth weren't that great looking for thousand years ago, but they talked about it.
What about if my child tries and I need to pick up my son or daughter might bearing the burden all of this was deliberated on and talked about so can you see they lost the very idea of the Sabbath rest after keeping the Sabbath. They needed a vacation was hard. No wonder Jesus finally said, look, the Sabbath was made for man man wasn't made for the Sabbath. It's so twisted it over time it became easier to work six days and arrest one so God's people were called to remember the Sabbath call to mind contemplate recall in order that it might elicit the proper response of setting it aside is totally for the Lord. So let me encourage you remember it so well. I try how I remember it. I do remember anything if you're like me, you gotta write it down about that. Write that down her appointment book hang out, chill out veg out all day long.
Write it into your schedule. Now look at the very next verse. Remembrances commanded, but there's also a responsibility that is implied and conveyed, and even commanded by the next verse. Six days you shall labor and do all of your work. So verse eight God allocates time for enjoyment. Verse nine God allocates time for employment. Remember the rest you need a vacation but remember to work you need a vocation so that when you take the day of rest. It really is something that is different in the Bible work is commended, hard work, even labor is exalted not put down. Sometimes people will say what you know work is part of the curse know it's not work is not part of the curse. It's the laborious toil that comes from God cursing the earth curse is the ground for your sake in labor you shall eat of it sent the work that is is a curse God put man in the garden to tend to keep it to work at listen to Ecclesiastes chapter 3.
To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to plant a time to pluck what is planted a time to build up a time to tear down a time to cast away stones. A time to gather a time to so all of those activities are what work work then we get to the New Testament, it seems that there were some people in certain Christian churches that felt that they were called the bed in the spirit that's right, God called them to cruise automatic all day long and they were polite to the church because they came in and they wanted support for so Paul writes in second Thessalonians. We gave you this rule, if a man doesn't work. Neither should he eat. So laziness is never condoned in the Scripture hard work and diligence always is fact you remember in Proverbs where Solomon says, go to the ant you sluggard consider her ways and be wise, and there's a whole list of insects and animals that work hard in preparation heard about a lazy kid who said I always do my exercises every morning as soon as I wake up I go at it up down up down up down I do that for three minutes straight and then I tell myself. Okay, now for the other eyelid up down up down up down somebody once said, I love hard work. I can sit and watch it for hours. God says don't sit and watch it for hours. Do it for six days and on the seventh rest so God directs his people to take a vacation. One day a week but to have a vocation for six days a week. How do you like your job, don't answer alone.
I asked the question because there's a book out called working not in a how many people would look at this book and say I can read that, but it's called working. It's by a guy named studs Terkel rodents written several books in this book, the author interviews. Hundreds of people in America as to what they do and how they feel about what they do in this way, writes he says there is a common theme. Most people live somewhere between a grudging acceptance of their job and an active dislike of it at best. Most people tolerated it worse. A lot of people hate which brings me to this question. How should a Christian work.
What is the work ethic for the believer in the workplace. Should we be lazy should mediocrity just getting the job done and getting out on time be our motto will it says in verse nine you shall labor and do all your work. I know you might think.
I do it I get it done.
How should you do it. Ephesians 6 verse seven answers that work with enthusiasm as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. I remember reading this when I was going to work in the secular field years ago and I come in on a Monday morning whistling this kind of check running out and I got the dirtiest looks from people like how dare you get happy on Monday. Everybody was grumpy. I thought you know what happy diligent worker doesn't have a lot of competition Christian to be that kind of an employee. Workers in America admit this spending 20% of their time at work goofing off.
If I get that right in an average workweek of five days. That's an entire day and that's what they admit to. There's an employee who died and went to heaven and complained to Saint Peter and all the dumb jokes have Peter that the gate with the clipboard so the guy died, he goes to have any complaints as you must've made a mistake. I shouldn't be here. I'm too young that I'm only 35 and Peter check the records came back as it now. According to the hourly work reports, even turning in your 97, 20% of the time, Americans admit goofing off as a believer you and I had a have the very best work ethic so that those six days are the most productive possible.
Here's the point. Then of this message today. Life consists of balance vocation, vacation, hard work and rest responsibility and hanging out work is good.
Commitment is good overwork is bad over commitment is bad and if you're the kind who brags about breaking this commandment. I haven't had a day off in so many years. Feel sorry for your family or anybody that tried to get close to taking the data list isn't just about not working, it's also about worship. That's definitely a reminder to take to heart today is today's teaching is titled relax and that's an order.
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