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Sabbath Rest

“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."  

This week, we will finish what is called the 'first table' or the 'vertical table' of the Ten Commandmetns.  These commandments govern our relationship with God:

  • You shall have no other gods before me.
  • You shall not make for yourself an idol ... you shall not bow down to them or worship them.
  • You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.
  • Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.

They point us towards God.  They show us that the goal of life is to be attuned to God.  There is a need for us to turn away from things that we seek that are apart from God.  They remind us that God cares about our words and even how we use our time.  

Sunday, we will be looking at the fourth commandment.  The beauty of this commandment is found in the realization that it was spoken to a people coming out of slavery.  The thought of taking a day off would have been foreign to the generations serving under Pharaoh.  

Inside this commandment, we must slow down long enough to hear God's whisper, "You are mine now and my graciousness is deeper than a one-time event- I want you to be reminded of my possession of you weekly."

It is my hope that you will join us Sunday as we celebrate that we are God's beautiful possessions, whom He purchased through His Son!