10 Stupid Things We Do We Fail to Rest and Recharge Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Introduction More misunderstanding about this command than any other More doctrinal error over this command than all of the others combined I want to make some observations about this command
Unique This is the longest of the commands Deuteronomy 5:12-15 – 12 ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. 13Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
UniqueLongest of all the commands The only one stated both positively and negatively The only one not repeated in the New Testament
History - Background Creation – Genesis 2:2-3 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
History - Background Law of Moses added many restrictions Over 70 passages Real issue – Define “work” Selling, cutting wood, build fire, cook, carry a load
Importance Exodus 31:14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.
In Jesus’ Time Scribes and Pharisees added many restrictions They turned a blessing into a burden Jesus refocused the purpose of the Sabbath
Not Repeated in NT Sabbath observance is contradicted in: NT Teachings Romans 14:5 - One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.
Not Repeated in NT Sabbath observance is contradicted in: NT Teachings Colossians 2:16-17 - 16So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
Not Repeated in NT Sabbath observance is contradicted in: NT Teachings Example Acts 20:7 - Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
Not Repeated in NT Sabbath observance is contradicted in: NT Teachings Example Revelation 2:10 - I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
Not Repeated in NT Sabbath observance is contradicted in: NT Teachings Example 1 Corinthians 16:2 - On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
Not Repeated in NT Sabbath observance is contradicted in: NT Teachings Example Sabbath observance was a matter of personal choice
Sabbath Principle 6 days of work is optimal Called the “Judeo-Christian work ethic” French tried a 10-day week – work 9 and off 1 Productivity fell and the idea was abandoned
Sabbath Principle Today many plans are used: 4 10-hour days per week = 40 hours 3 12-hour days per week = 36 hours 6 6-hour days per week = 36 hours None of these is as effective as God’s plan
We Need Rest Holidays, personal days, sick days, vacation Our rest pays rewards: Physical Emotional Spiritual
We Need Rest Another purpose – Worship Hebrews 10:25 - not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Conclusion: The day has changed The principle is the same We need to rest and recharge We can rest – Because Jesus worked! Is there an eternal rest in your future?