Remember the Sabbath (3 of 14) by Dennis Marquardt
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Exodus 20:8-11; Genesis 1:31-2:3,15; Nehemiah 13:15-22; Isaiah 58:13-14; Hebrews 10:25
INTRO: Out of the 10 commandments the one taken the lightest has got to be #4: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." Against "Thou shall not kill, steal, lie, commit adultery, etc." it seems to pale in comparison – YET, this commandment is the longest of all 10, because it affected Israel's life on a daily basis – "6 days thou shall work, the 7th you shall rest." Thus it covered every day of their lives! This commandment was not just about 1 day a week, it was about 7 days.
This was probably the final commandment on tablet #1 -- those dealing with man's relationship to God, the final six commandments dealt with man's relationship to man -- and thus likely on tablet #2.
Ironically, nearly every time Israel backslid they started with breaking command #4 as several of the texts we will look at will show. What is so important about this commandment?
The importance of this commandment deals with the very nature of man. Man was created for two things; WORSHIP & WORK. No man is balanced physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually that ignores this dual nature. For you to be healthy and balanced these two areas must exist in proper order. Together these make us strong and durable and fulfill our God created design. A failure of either and we are not what God intended us to be.
ILLUS: FOLLOWING THE DESTRUCTION OF HURRICANE ANDREW A TV CREW CAME UPON A HOUSE IN PERFECT SHAPE SURROUNDED BY BROKEN HOMES ALL AROUND IT. THEY STOPPED TO INTERVIEW THE OWNER AS TO WHY HIS HOUSE WAS STILL STANDING AND THE OTHERS WEREN'T AND THIS WAS HIS STORY. THE MAN STATED THAT HE HAD BUILT THE HOUSE HIMSELF AND UNLIKE THE OTHERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HE HAD BUILT IT EXACTLY TO THE BUILDING CODES OF FLORIDA, ONES CREATED TO GUARANTEE A HOUSE THAT COULD WITHSTAND A HURRICANE. HIS NEIGHBORS HAD THEIRS ALL BUI ...
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