The Lord’s day part 4

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Exodus 20 v 7 Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.

 

Let me summarise the important things about the Sabbath Day we should all remember.

 

1. We should take the God-given opportunity to rest our bodies and minds from the stresses of daily labour.

 

2. We should use the Lord’s Day to be in Church or fellowship, learning more about Him and strengthening our spirits.

 

3. The Sabbath Day points to another Sabbath of the soul, which we find in the Person of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

4. The reason for the strong emphasis on not working was to illustrate for us that we can do nothing in and of ourselves to warrant God’s mercy or salvation or the Sabbath of our soul. It is all of grace. We cannot work for it. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

 

5. But even our faith in Christ does not exhaust the prophetic meaning of the Sabbath. There is still the glory that awaits us when Jesus returns and God’s great Kingdom is consummated on earth. There in that glory the true Sabbath will dawn in all its glory and fullness. (Hebrews 4:9-11)

 

6. We are not to be legalistic about the Lord’s Day which has replaced the old Sabbath Day, but we are also not to be careless, lax and unthinking. God has given us a principle by which to govern our lives. One day in seven should be used for rest and worship. The worship part of it should be meaningful and intentional. We should benefit spiritually from the Lord’s Day. Is this true of you? Do you need to repent of carelessness in this regard?

 

Prayer: O God. Please forgive my carelessness regarding the time you gave me to grow spiritually. Help me to value it and use it correctly. Amen

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