If you've hung around me or my blog for very long you know that our family has been working through how to properly obey and honor the 4th commandment which reads:
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
This hasn't been an easy journey for some reason. Because there are so many "opinions" on what "to keep it holy" means, or even if this commandment really still applies to us in our day, confusion reigns, it seems, on what this one day in seven should mean, look like... be to us.
The simplest way for me is to just consider the day God's. He gives us 6 days to do whatever we want, to work like crazy, to play like crazy - practically no limits on what we can do. And all he asks of us is for ONE day to spend totally and completely focused on Him. Now if you consider the fact that HEAVEN will be entirely totally and completely focused on Him - we should rejoice in knowing that He's giving us a taste of that each week.
Anyway, I started listening to this sermon by Joe Morecraft this week. It's very good and thought I'd share it here. More later:
Dr. Morecraft's sermons are always hard hitting and unashamedly focused on total obedience to the word of God. I think that's why I like him so much.