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It was good, in the wisdom of God, to have some commandments explained more than the sixth and eighth commandments which have only four words. (They must be no-brainers.)

Jesus Christ: The LORD of the Sabbath

 

Jesus Christ: The LORD of the Sabbath, Sabbath Day, Holy, seventh day, Exodus 20; Exodus 20:8, fourth, commandment, ten commandments, Sunday School, Patmos, Revelation 1, Acts 10, Acts 11, Roman Catholic, Church, Protestant, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath 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: For 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.” (Exodus 20:8-11)

 

The fourth commandment of the Ten Commandments is the longest with ninety-three words, compared to the second commandment's ninety-one words. Perhaps we ought not to be surprised that the longest is the most abused, as it was two thousand years ago. It was good in the wisdom of God, I think, to have some commandments explained more than the sixth and eighth commandments which have only four words, because, they are no-brainers: you know, “Thou shalt not kill,” and “Thou shalt not steal.”

 

The sabbath is the cessation-from-work day; and by the way, sabbath is not capitalized in the 1611 Authorized Version, because it is not the specific name of the day. This is in the same sense that the words, he, him, you, your, thee, thou, and thine are not capitalized in referring to God because they are not his personal names. This rule and practice was once good English, but in the “universal religion,” everyone capitalizes the pronouns of God and any other so-called god.  The intention is to put everyone's deity, including the real one, on the same level, inferring all religions lead to some kind of heaven.  This is not so; but all religions do lead to Rome, though – all except the right one.

 

As a new Christian, I was told that we don't live by the Ten Commandments any longer, and the sabbath day was changed to Sunday, the first day of the week. Of course, I couldn't find the change in scripture, but no one disputes the “original” sabbath was on the seventh day. (Wouldn’t it be like the devil to change it from the last day to the complete opposite - the first day?)  Once in Sunday school, I was shocked to hear a Bible scholar use Revelation Chapter 1:9-10 as the verses that authorized the big change.  It reads, “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day....” Wow! If that is the best citation there is for a change, there is something very wrong.

 

And so, as it happened, many years later I was reading Acts 10 and 11 and realized God gave two whole chapters to convince the Jewish Christians that gentiles could be saved, but didn't give a verse about changing the sabbath day. It seemed more than a little peculiar because the sabbath day was the featured commandment under debate when the Lord was here; and reason points out, if the sabbath was of such an importance to the Jews, why wasn't there any paperwork on the change? The answer is simple; there wasn't any paperwork because there was no change made. However, the Roman Catholic Church claims they changed it, have their own paperwork and tradition to back it up, and they point out most of their wayward protestant daughters follow their lead. Well, that didn't convince me any because I am not a Catholic or a Protestant. So, I decided to believe the seventh day is still the sabbath day of the Lord and put it into practice by taking the day off, and relaxing at home. For me, it wasn't too difficult to do because I was between employers, and when I told the prospective boss about it, there was no problem.  By the way, I’m not a Seventh Day Adventist, either.

 

There are practical reasons to remember the sabbath of the Lord, and I would think we would, at least, want to remember it for that.   The cessation-from-work day takes your soul, mind, and body out of the world’s rut, and is a spiritual break one needs for refreshing. Even some secular businesses stop the grind one day a week because it makes things run smoother for them and their employees the rest of the week. Perhaps it is even good for your computer, you car, and other things to take the day off. I understand when mules were used in mining, if the critters worked seven days a week, they would go blind; but if they had one day off in the sun with rest, they didn't.  Therefore, if a rest day is important for a mule, it surely must be important for stubborn mule-headed people!

 

Here's a thought: You can liken your mind to a computer that never turns off. If the files and programs get opened and closed, and put back here and there on the hard drive without restarting, or doing some maintenance work, the files are scattered everywhere. Consequently, it takes longer and longer for your computer to retrieve the info needed to compute, slows down, and can freeze up, especially working several programs at a time. Therefore, you need to give your personal computer (your mind) and other parts of the computer (your body) a chance to stop, refresh and start up again.

 

In Exodus 20:11 it tells us the main reason the sabbath day is to be observed. It is a memorial to God who made everything in heaven and earth in six days. He created it all, starting from the first to the sixth day of the week, and on the seventh day, he rested from his work. “Wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” The sabbath day is also a picture of entering into eternal rest –sabbath - with the Lord Jesus Christ after we leave this world. Maybe he thinks a little practice and weekly anticipation of the heavenly sabbath might be appropriate.  As a matter of fact, this morning I realized that since the Lord blessed the sabbath day, it can only be a cursed day to think otherwise.  By the way, I don't see church attendance mandated in his commandment, either, do you? You know, church attendance is what a lot of people think the sabbath day is all about: dressing up, checking in as a pew potato, until check out time at noon, and then stampeding off to “Hog Heaven.”

 

Some will say that we don’t follow the sabbath day commandment anymore; but if you think so, why not take advantage of the principle anyway?  I’m sure you will be blessed.  But more importantly, are you ready to enter into the eternal sabbath of the Lord?  One does this but repenting, and being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins.  Jesus Christ is the Lord of the sabbath.  Live and rest in him.

 

 And so, until we meet again… Remember God loves you.  Read your Bible.

 

Maranatha

 


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen