Introduction: key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God instituted the Sabbath for His people to obey. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live by the Sabbath principle.
Read Exodus 20:8-11
I. Sabbath Institution. In our Sunday School material God instituted the Sabbath. It is to be holy or set aside for God’s usage. It is to be a day set aside for the Lord and absent of work.
The Sabbath day is modeled after the actions of God who created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.
- Remembering and doing. Notice in vs. 8 that remembering the Sabbath is to trigger keeping it holy. This is similar to the idea of faith should be shown by works, because faith without works is dead. Let’s work on demonstrating what we remember and believe by what we do.
There are too many who spend so much energy talking and arguing but so little energy living. Think about those who claim the Bible is right and then refuse to tithe, refuse to engage in enthusiastic worship, and refuse to submit to leadership, even though these are clear teachings of the Bible that they claim is “right.”
- Sabbath principle. Notice in vss. 8-10 of our Sunday School material that the Sabbath was to be a time to remember the Lord and to rest.
First, we should remember that God is real. He is the creator. He is the sustainer. He is our judge. And He is so much more. The more we remember who God is and what He has done for us, the more we should obey Him.
Second, we should rest. This is good for our physical and mental well-being. It also demonstrates our trust in God.
We are saying that in spite of all that is going on, I am going to give this time to obeying God and trusting Him for the results. Let’s work on remembering and relaxing to the glory of God.
For believers, we generally choose to treat Sunday as our Sabbath, instead of Saturday (as in the text). However, there are times when jobs (e.g., health care, first responders, etc.) and other responsibilities make Sunday unavailable.
Especially in these times, we need to make some time every week, even if it is a half of Tuesday and a half of Wednesday, to remember the Lord and rest our bodies and minds.
- Practicing what we preach. Notice in vs. 11 that God is an example of what He is calling His people to do. God is calling us to work and then rest, as He did.
In like manner, it is important for us to practice what we preach. There are many people who will do what we do, more than what we say. Let’s work on practicing what we are urging others to do.
Think about how this application relates to our attitudes, our getting along with others, and even our worshipping God with a mind to edify others.
Read Exodus 31:12-16
II. Sabbath’s Importance. In our Sunday School material God has Moses to tell the people to keep the Sabbath holy. The keeping of the Sabbath was a sign between God and His people and the generations of His people to come. The penalty of desecrating the Sabbath was death.
- The consequences of disobedience. Notice in vs. 14 of our Sunday School material that the penalty for breaking God’s law was death. On one hand, we should thank God that we are not put to death for something like breaking the Sabbath.
But on the other hand, we should not think that we can sin and God will not do anything. Whom God loves, He chastises. Let’s work on living like there are consequences to disobeying God.
Such living should be known for obeying God. At the core of God’s will are the issues of making sure that we are saved and loving God and others, as we love ourselves.
- Working. Notice in vs. 15 that work is to be done. It is not good for an able body believer to do nothing all day and expect someone else to simply provide for them (i.e., public assistance or parents).
Even if the Lord blesses you to be so wealthy that you don’t need to work to keep food on the table, you should try to find something to do to help those who are less fortunate than you are.
Let’s make sure we use the abilities that God has given us for His glory. You will discover that when we are all working, we don’t have enough energy to be fussing and to be divided over silly matters.
- Generational seed. Notice in vs. 16 that the keeping of the Sabbath was to be generational. What we do and don’t do will impact generations to come.
Let’s make sure we are sowing the type of seeds that we want to grow for generations to come. It should be noted again that people will do what we do more than what we say. So let’s live a positive example of being a disciple of Christ.
Conclusion: Let’s work on living by the Sabbath principle. God has much for those who obey His will.
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