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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Fourth Commandment - A Discarded Commandment

July 14

(Exodus 20:8-11 NIV) "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. {11} For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

(Genesis 2:2-3 NIV) "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. {3} And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

The Fourth Commandment is not only the longest Commandment… it is generally the most ignored. It is the “Discarded Commandment”, taken out of the deck and thrown away by many believers today. But the Ten Commandments are not a deck of cards. They are God’s word. If the Fourth Commandment no longer has significance, neither do the rest. It should alarm us that something seen as essential by our eternal Father is now seen as outdated and optional by his followers. There’s a significant principle here. Our work will hardly ever be finished when the Sabbath comes. But, we must learn to be content with what we have done, and to trust God with what is unfinished. Perhaps keeping the Sabbath Day is really more about Faith than Law. We have to trust that when we rest in His commands, He will take care of us. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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