As we come to the fourth commandment in our study of Exodus 20:1-17, it is perhaps the command that is most often under acknowledged or misunderstood. Some see it as unnecesarily burdensome, and others see it as no longer binding on the people of God. That command is, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep 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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11)
This week at River City Reformed, we will consider the Sabbath and what is truly being said in the fourth commandment. We will see that the Sabbath is still binding, but also that is a great blessing to the people of God. Isaiah 58:13-14 says, “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
It is God who nourishes our souls on the Day of rest and worship which He has given to us. And the Sabbath Day itself points us to the hope of the Gospel–that the crucified Christ has risen on the first Day of the week and that we now joyfully await His return.
We meet together on the first Day of the week in the public worship of God in order to meet with God Himself and with His people. We are to devote the Day to the rest and worship of God, trusting that God Himself is at work in us. Would you join us this Lord’s Day at 9 AM as we consider the fourth commandment together? We meet for worship at 9820 W Markham St. in Little Rock (the sanctuary of Faith United Methodist Church). For more information, click here or contact us. You can also watch the service on YouTube with a link posted to our Facebook page.