The Ten Commandments, part IV
I. What Is the Significance of Honoring the Sabbath?
A. God rested after six days, having created the world and seen that it was good, v. 10.
B. God also redeemed the people of Israel, having freed them from slavery, Deut. 5.15.
C. The significance of what happens between these two things is the fall of mankind and their redemption.
1. Therefore, the Sabbath rest is a way of commemorating God's pleasure in His creation [prior to sin entering the world] and God's redemptive work in mankind through Christ.
a. Implied by the passasges of Heb. 4.3-7, God has a special sort of rest one can enter into.
i. This implied rest to which the LORD refers to is that of salvation; a man redeemed through Christ can finally rest without worry of having to work to earn his salvation.
ii. Through Christ is the only way that man can enter into rest, Mat. 11.28-30
iii. Interestingly, in the beginning of Matt. 12.1-5, Christ refers to Himself as the Lord of the Sabbath (rest).
II. Should We Still Keep the Sabbath Then?
A. Based upon Rom. 14.5-6, man should come to a conclusion about this issue by way of their own convictions, loving each other still in spite of the differences.
B. According to Col. 2.16-17, such things as the Sabbath and marriage were a foreshadow of the things to come.
1. Therefore, we should still honor the Sabbath.
i. After all, we do still honor marriage although we know that it only serves as an illustration of the covenant relationship between the church and God that is to come at the Day of Glorification.
III. How Should We Define Work Then?"
A. Work is defined negatively as not being:
1. Works of piety such as babysitting
2. Acts of necessity such as driving your car
3. Works of mercy
i. Christ healed a man mercifully on the Sabbath, Jn 5.1-15.
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