Fourth Commandment

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Fourth Commandment          

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

Extra Reading: Exodus 20:1-21

What is the meaning of your life? What is the true goal of life-and what are the laws of life by which that goal can be attained?  How much time do you spend each week in considering these most important questions? We all know that most people are so busy with the day-to-day cares of making ends meet that they devote almost no time at all to the spiritual issues of life. I once asked a young man questions about his spiritual development. His reply to me was, “There just isn’t enough time for key religious activities”. Because he is so engrossed with his job during the day, and with television, movies, parties and sports in the evenings and on weekends, the average person is totally lacking in even a basic knowledge of his own religious beliefs. And he is childishly ignorant of the fundamental truths of the Bible. People must learn the fourth commandment of Almighty God. Obedience to this little-understood commandment is a powerful factor in bringing the lives of men and women close to the Creator God-and to His blessings.

The fourth commandment completes the first section of the Law which deals with man’s relationship to God. It provides for the perpetual observance of a sign of the relationship between God and man. This command is, in its wording, the longest of any of the ten. It is placed in the middle of the Ten Commandments. Yet, sad to say, it is the one commandment about which men “reason” and argue most and which they would most quickly tear asunder and try to separate from the rest of God’s law. Notice that it starts out with the injunction to “remember.”  This very statement proves that the Sabbath command was already understood by God’s chosen people and that, in incorporating it as part of His covenant, God was reminding them of a spiritual command of which they already had knowledge. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to observe and remember the Sabbath. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Rev. Samuel N. Modise              

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