The Ten Commandments Series- 4th Commandment

Exodus 20:8-11
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor 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 male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 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. 

The Jewish Sabbath begins on Friday at sunset and continues until sunset on Saturday. Jewish Christians used to worship in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Then they would gather on Sundays to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. This was known as the Lord's Day. After Jewish Christians were banned from synagogue worship, they began to only worship on Sunday. This event is what triggered the practice of Sunday worship which is still continued today.

There is some controversy on how the Sabbath should be regarded today. In Old Testament times, they believed that no work whatsoever should be done on the Sabbath. The major emphasis in this command is the fact that God created the earth in six days and then rested on the seventh day. In the New Testament, we learn in Matthew 12:8 that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus healed people on the Sabbath (this was against Old Testament law). In John 5:17, Jesus said, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working." Jesus went out of his way to do good works on the Sabbath.

We should follow the example that Jesus set for us by worshiping on the Sabbath and caring for the needs of people. We should continue the practice of the Jewish Christians as well, celebrating Sunday as the Lord's Day and remembering that Christ is risen! It is a holy day and should be kept holy by showing the love of Christ to all people. 

Read John 5:1-17 for the entire story of Jesus healing on the Sabbath. 


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