Text: Exodus 20:8-11
- No other gods
- No carved image
- No misuse of the divine name
- Remember the Sabbath
What does it involve?
- It is to be a day that is set apart, distinct, different from the other six days of the week.
- it is a day specifically devoted to God.
- It has communal implications.
- It brings about a radical reordering of our worldview.
What is it’s significance in guiding our relationship with God?
- It reminds us that we were created (Exodus 20:11).
- It reminds us that we were redeemed (Deuteronomy 5:15)
Is it still required of us today?
“The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?” – D.L. MOODY, “Weighed and Wanting,” page 47.
But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead. –Justin Martyr
What does Sabbath observance look like?
- We should prepare.
- We should cease the labors that occupy the other six days.
- We should engage in corporate worship.
- We should engage in works of piety, necessity, and mercy.
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