Morning Devotion: Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10  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: 11  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.

Here we have a wonderful commandment of rest. God wants you to take time and rest. We labour and toil and make much of our day and time trying to progress and achieve and prosper. We make much ado about things.

God wants you to rest, that is why he made the Sabbath. Mark 2:27  And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

28  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Every seventh day the people were to rest. Every seven years, the land was to have a rest as well. Seven is a very important number in scriptures. It means completion.

God created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh day he rested, he ceased from work, it was completed, finished. He wanted His people to do the same thing.

The Israelites were supposed to rest on that special Sabbath day which was also called the day of atonement.

Exodus 31:15  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 17  It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

For the believer, Jesus is our atonement, He is the one to whom we obtain rest.

Romans 5:11  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Matthew 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

So, what about Sunday, Christians meet on Sunday? The Sabbath was on Saturday. Isn’t that going against the ten commandments?

The bible tells us that Jesus fulfilled the law. Hebrews 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Being that we are Christian, a Christian being one who has placed their complete faith in Christ, we meet on the day Christ rose from the dead. He is our atonement; He is our rest.

Matthew 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Acts 20:7 ¶  And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

1Corinthains 16:2  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

We are to go to church on Sunday the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day and bring our tithes and offerings on that day as well. Sunday is our day of worship and rest in our risen Christ.

Remember Mark 2:27  “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”

John, the Apostle calls it the Lord’s Day. Revelation 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

If you do not have Jesus, you do not have rest nor do you have atonement. If you have Jesus, you have rest both now and eternally.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook