God made the heavens and the earth. In six days God had made all that man needed, including the man; and pronounced that it was “very good.” He needed to do nothing more, but stand back and glory in what He had made. He blessed it, and sanctified it, setting the pattern for a six-day workweek, and a day of rest. God planned it all, made it all, and then left the man to have dominion over it—to make of it what he would. The man failed and so, needing something more, in time received from God His commands in print, for all generations to read.
Now, what do we make of His Law—not the ceremonial law. That was abolished when Christ said, “It is finished.” It was all nailed to the cross.
We still have the Ten Commandments, all the law that pertains to His kingdom; the way of life that He ordained for His people. We could just as well put aside the sixth commandment, (“Thou shalt not kill”) as to leave off the fourth, for all ten came in the same package. Written together they are each one part of the same covenant, a covenant describing the intents of God’s heart and mind for His own children in His kingdom. Who would disagree that there can be a detriment to the honor of human life when we fail to honor God in the other commandments. Study the history of the Israelites. One thing led to another, even to murder, when what seemed to be the lesser of the commandments were disobeyed.
We might say, “Father, I understand that you don’t want me to kill anybody; that’s a basic understanding for most of humanity. But, things have changed, and we don’t really see the need for some of the other commandments. It’s hard, these days, to keep a whole day separate and holy. There are so many other things I need to do on the day that I am free from work, and other responsibilities.”
What we do with the Lord’s Day is a matter of the heart. Where is your heart on the Lord’s Day? In the weeks ahead I want to continue to quote God’s Word, and other writings from His servants, on this subject. I welcome your comments on what the Lord’s Day means to you, and how you and your family prepare for, and observe it. I will be recommending some new books on this subject, as we see more and more of God’s people being convicted.
There is more instruction concerning the fourth commandment than the other ten.
Join me in the following weeks for what our heavenly Father teaches us about His Day—the special day we are to live in fellowship with Him and His people.
“Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy.”
What did you make of this day? Was it holy unto the Lord—for His glory?