We are dependent on him for all we have in the world, for our deliverance from enemies, and for our holiness. But our work neither creates, nor saves, nor sanctifies. All things are from him and through him and to him.Lest we ever forget this and begin to take our strength and thought and work too seriously, we should keep one day in seven to cease from our labors and focus on God as the source of all blessing.
right, it raises the further question what special place Sunday should have in the life of a Christian, especially for those who regularly worship on Saturday evening.
To help us answer these questions, I want us to try to get an overview of the biblical teaching on the sabbath.
Specifically, as verse 10 says, keep it "to the Lord," or "for the Lord." In other words, the rest is not to be aimless rest, but God-centered rest.
Attention is to be directed to God in a way that is more concentrated and steady than on ordinary days. No Fudging Fourth, no fudging on the commandment by saying, "Well, I will keep it, but I will put my maid to work, or set my ox to threshing with a carrot in front of his nose at 6 PM the evening of the sabbath so that it will thresh the grain all day while I rest." God says, No. God's Rest After Creation Fifth, verse 11 leads us to the basic point of the commandment.
When God blesses a man, the man becomes rich with blessings. He made it a source of blessing, and he made it to focus on himself.
When he blesses a land, the land becomes rich with blessings. Isn't it obvious that the hallowing is included in the blessing and the blessing is included in the hallowing.The other is that we hallow him and honor him and keep the day holy if we seek the fullness of his blessing by giving our special attention to him on that day.It would be a mistake to conclude from these two texts that the only blessings we should focus on during our sabbath observance were the blessings of creation.Let's begin at the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20.The sabbath commandment is number 4 and is found in verses 8–11. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, 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 the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.Before we leave the Old Testament, there is one other passage that clarifies a common misunderstanding of the sabbath. It is a shame that for so many people sabbath keeping is thought of solely in terms of what you can't do.