by Joe Alain

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Why We Need a Sabbath More Than Ever (4 of 10)
Series: The Ten Commandments
Joe Alain
Exodus 20:8-11

The fourth message in a series of ten sermons on the Ten Commandments.

8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 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 [to be a blessing to all]. 11 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. Exodus, 20:8-11, ESV


The fourth commandment seems completely out of step with our modern world. Set aside the Sabbath day (which is the seventh day) for God, for rest, as a special and holy day! And yet the Sabbath day was established by God to be a blessing to people. It wasn't supposed to add burdens to already busy and stressed people, it was designed to relieve people of burdens and stress. There might not be any other commandment that is so practical and beneficial in our day as this commandment to keep the Sabbath. I would say that in our day we need a Sabbath more than ever.

We're living incredibly fast-paced lives. Our daily activities have increased. Our ''to do'' lists just keep getting longer. Prosperity has been both a blessing and curse. The explosion of entertainment options available to us has opened more doors to more leisure activities which only adds to our busy schedules. Something has to give and it usually does. Technology has grown so fast we can't keep up with it. We are always on the grid so to speak. This ''always being connected,'' occupied and busy has its downside. I would say that today we need a Sabbath more than ever. But what do we mean by that? What is a Sabbath? How do we observe it? Why is it so important t ...

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