[CF Devotionals] 2019-19--29 - Fourth Commandment: Synopsis and Introduction

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Exodus 20:8-11

Let’s take a minute to recap where we are up to this point. We have been looking at each of the Ten Commandments on the basis of how they are applicable to us a believers. The focus hasn’t been so much on the “Thou shalt nots” as on how these can be applied to our lives as “Thou shalts.” Our concern is, considering our obedience to the Lord comes out of love for and a desire to please Him, how can we carry out His commandments from a positive instead of a negative perspective?

In relationship to our daily walk the focus we have tried to deal with has been one of putting God first in our lives, and that our walk with Him should be typified by worship through praise, prayer and power. In relationship to these areas how have you been doing? Fourth Commandment Introduction

The question: “When did the Sabbath become Sunday?” is similar to asking a husband: “When did you stop beating your wife? It is loaded. But the issue of keeping the Sabbath is one that has created a great deal of struggle for both the Jew and the Christian.

In his book The Ten Commandments — Playing by the Rules, Stuart Briscoe speaks of Sabbath keeping during his childhood.

“My childhood home was Sabbatarian. We went to Sunday morning church, Sunday afternoon church, and Sunday evening church. In between those services, we played no games and could not play outside; instead. we prayed or read or took part in quiet family conversations. Once my parents got a radio, they never switched it on the Lord’s day. Neither would they dream of going to a restaurant on a Sunday; that would require someone else to work.” 1

While I wouldn’t choose this approach to the Sabbath, I certainly don’t think it is wrong, depending on the underlying motivation - legalism or love.

  1. A Nation of Priests, A Holy People ~ Continued D. Remember the Sabbath Day
    1. The Call to Honor the Sabbath
    2. Is the Sabbath Relevant to the Church?
    3. How can we Honor a Day?-Should we?

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
Mark 2:27–28 ESV

  1. Briscoe, Stuart, The Ten Commandments, Harold Shaw Publishers, Wheaton, IL, 1986, p. 63.

Exodus study to be continued.

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