"Remember The Sabbath" - Exodus 20:8-11 (Devon Kauflin)
Verse: Exodus 20:8–20:11
“The command not to work on one day out of seven taught a nation of slaves that they had been liberated and that in entering into covenant relationship with Yahweh they were free men and women who could rest in their deliverer.” ~ A. T. Lincoln
“We must be wholly at rest that God may work in us; we must yield our will; we must resign our heart; we must give up all our fleshly desires. In short, we must rest from all activities of our own contriving so that, having God working in us, we may rest in him.” ~ John Calvin
"If we did set apart one day each week for rejuvenation in God, we would immediately add to every year over seven weeks of vacation — and not for “whatever” but for worship, for community, for mercy, for an afternoon nap, for reading and thinking, for lingering around the dinner table with good jokes and tender words and personal prayers.
How else can we find quietness of heart in today’s crazy world? If anyone has a more biblical (and more immediately beneficial) place to begin, I’m open. But raising hermeneutical objections to the Sabbath principle doesn’t in itself actually help any of us.
I wonder if the very concept of “the weekend” is biblical. It seems to me that “the weekend” turns Sunday into a second Saturday. Home Depot may gain, but we lose. It turns Sunday into a day to catch up on what we didn’t do Saturday or a day to ramp up for what’s ahead on Monday. It hollows out our whole week, because it marginalizes God and church and sermons and all the other vital things that happen in our lives only when we make the vital things also the central things. If we accept the concept of “the weekend,” we risk “fitting God in” rather than centering our every week around him. We risk living soul-exhausted lives, and wondering why God isn’t more real to us, why we’re exhausted and grumpy." ~ Ray Ortlund
Question: What is God’s will for you in the Fourth Commandment?
Answer: First, that the gospel ministry and education for it be maintained, and that, especially on the festive day of rest, I regularly attend the assembly of God’s people to learn what God’s Word teaches, to participate in the sacraments, to pray to God publicly, and to bring Christian offerings for the poor. Second, that every day of my life I rest from my evil ways, let the Lord work in me through His Spirit, and so begin already in this life the eternal Sabbath.
More in Exodus
September 16, 2018“The Dwelling Place of God” - Exodus 24:12-27:19 (Larry Malament)
September 2, 2018“The Story Continues On” - Exodus 20:18-21 (Larry Malament)
August 26, 2018“You Can't Always Get What You Want” - Exodus 20:17 (Larry Malament)