2d. The point is, there are exceptions to Law.(i) When life is in danger, when mercy dictates, the Law must be broken.(ii) This is also true of the Sabbath.(iii) Jesus says, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for theSabbath.”(a) The Lord didn’t make you to keep this law.(b) The Lord made this Law to be a blessing to you.2. This morning, let’s consider two things:a. Why the Lord instituted the Sabbath.b. What exceptions mercy requires on the Sabbath.II. Sermon.A. First of all, why did the Lord institute the Sabbath?1. He did it for your good, for your well-being. That’s why He established it fromthe very beginning, at the end of the Creation week.a. We read in Genesis 2:2-3, “By the seventh day God completed His work whichHe had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which Hehad done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it Herested from all His work which God had created and made.”(i) When the Lord finished His work of creation, He entered into His rest.(ii) He set that day apart from all the others and made it holy.(iii) And He did this not for Himself, but for you.b. The Lord knows you better than you know yourself – He knows you need theSabbath.(i) He knows you need rest – which is why He commands you not to work:“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor anddo all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your God;
you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your maleor your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and allthat is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessedthe sabbath day and made it holy” (Ex. 20:8-11).(a) You need to rest every week.(b) Without it, you’ll grow weak, sick and eventually die.(ii) He also knows you need worship.(a) Your soul needs spiritual rest in the Lord’s presence.(b) When you worship, the Lord ministers to you, He communes with you,He gives you of His Spirit to refresh your soul.(c) That’s why He wants you to rest from your work on this day – so youcan worship.(iii) And He knows you need a constant reminder of why He made you.(a) He didn’t make you for this world, but for the world to come.