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Why We Believe We Should Keep the Sabbath Holy

Why We Believe We Should Keep the Sabbath Holy

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Sep 26, 2013
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“Why We Believe We Should Keep the Sabbath Holy”(Exodus 20:8-11)I. Introduction.A. Orientation.If you are to live a lifeWholly devoted to the Lord,Then you must:Love the Lord your GodMore than anything else in this world,And commit yourself to worship HimIn the way He wants you to worship.Another way of putting this isThat you are to look to HimAs your highest possible good –As what thrills your heart and soul –And surrender your lifeTo be His and His only –To serve Him as He wants to be served,From now until time ends – forever.We began to look, last week,At how He wants us to serve HimIn the Third Commandment,By not using His name as a common swear word,
 
2Or accusing Him of anything evil,Or by calling Him to bear witnessTo anything you say you’re going to doBut aren’t really intending on doing,Or to anything you say that you know isn’t true.To put this positively, you are toUse His name respectfully.Speak about Him respectfully.Keep your promises.And say only what you believe to be true.B. Preview.Let’s look at the next thing He tells usAs to how you are to love and honor Him:By remembering the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.Let’s consider three things:First, why the Sabbath day exists.Second, why we believe the Sabbath continues into the New Covenant.Third, how you are to honor the Lord on the Sabbath.This is a lot of ground to cover in one sermonSo we’re going to look at each of these only briefly.
 
3II. Sermon.A. First, why is there a Sabbath day?The Lord actually gives us the reason in the commandment itself, “For in six days theLORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested onthe seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy” (v.11).The Sabbath exists because God restedAfter the work of Creation.The word “Sabbath” means “to cease” or “to rest.”When God had finished creating all He madeHe ceased from creating –By which He doesn’t mean He was tiredAnd that He needed a rest,But simply that He was finished.If we were to ask the questionWhy did God take six days to create somethingHe could have created instantly,The answer is:He did it to establish for usA cycle of work and rest.That’s why we have a seven day week.That’s the reason we are to work For six of those daysAnd rest on the seventh –

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