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A Day That Is More Than a Weekend (5 of 11)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Ken D. Trivette
Someone who had noticed the change in the way people observed Sunday gave these comments. ''Our great-grandfathers called it the Holy Sabbath; our grandfathers, the Sabbath; our fathers, Sunday; but today we call it the weekend. And many think it is getting weaker all the time.'' In the fourth commandment God gave instructions about the observance of one day in our week that is more than a weekend. ''Remember the Sabbath day.''
D.L. Moody in his book entitled The Ten Commandments said, ''There has been an awful letting down in this country regarding the Sabbath during the last 25 years, and many a man has been shorn of spiritual power, like Samson, because he is not straight on this question.'' (I wonder what Moody would think about our day?) I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Moody. I believe many a person has lost physical and spiritual power because they have not obeyed and observed the fourth commandment.
A few years ago, the name Eric Liddell became popular by the movie Chariots of Fire. Liddell served God as a missionary and died in an interment camp in China, May 1945. Eric Liddell was the British record holder for the 100 meters. During the 1924 Olympics that were held in Paris, Liddell found out that he was to run the 100 meters on Sunday. He quietly affirmed, ''I am not running.'' He was criticized by his teammates, countrymen, and even questioned by his country's leaders. Yet, he refused to run. To solve the dilemma, he ran the 400 meters in which many felt he was weak. He set a new world's record. Just before he ran, someone handed him a note that said, ''Them that honor Me, I will honor. I Samuel 2:30.'' Eric Liddell had certain convictions about the Lord's day that he would not break.
The fourth commandment has often been misunderstood. John D. Rockefeller, founding father of the millionaire family dynasty, loved to ice-skate. Yet, he ...
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