Sunday Services @ 9:15am & 10:45am
Date: May 5, 2013
Speaker: Bill McKenzie
Series: Stand Alone Message
Scripture: Exodus 20:8–20:11
Does the Sabbath command still apply to believers today?
The Jews knew it applied to them (Exodus 31:12-17) and the Law had been given to them. The NT shows it was the only one of the 10 commandments that was not repeated. It is addressed by Paul in Colossians 2:13-14. The written code that was against us was taken away at the cross. The Law reveals our sin but the cross covered it. The Law shows how badly we need a Savior.
(Colossians 2:16) Jesus kept the Law but also fulfilled it. We now live under a covenant of grace. The Jews worshiped on the seventh day to celebrate a finished creation. We worship on Sunday to celebrate a finished redemption.
The spirit of the commandment still lives: we should set apart a day to keep holy to God. Sabbath means “to rest”. God set the sabbath up as an example to live by: work versus rest. It should to be a life of balance. We need to unplug from the world and its stresses by plugging in to God. The sabbath is not just to be a day of rest but a day of spiritual devotion (Lev. 23:3, Heb. 10:25, Acts 2:1). A day to examine ourselves and prepare for the battles of the week ahead. Living for anything other than God is pointless.