"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Keep the Sabbath Holy

Elder Jonathan Cook then provided a sermon in which he continues to examine the Ten Commandments using Exodus 20:8 as his primary text, with support from Genesis 1:26-2:3, Ecclesiastes 3:1, Romans 12:11 and 12:1-2, Hebrews 10:23-25 and 4:9-11, Ephesians 5:15-16, Galatians 4:9, Acts 15:10-11 and 20:7, Mark 6:9, 1st Corinthians 16:2, and several other scriptures. Elder Cook first reminded us of the previous three commandments which deal with the priority of God in our lives, how we view God, and how we speak or use God’s name. In this, the fourth commandment, Elder Cook focused on our use of time and the need to use it in a manner that glorifies God, not just at church on Sunday, but every day of the week. Elder Cook reminded us of all that God accomplished in the first six days of creation and how He then rested from all His work. Elder Cook emphasized that, like God, we too have been given six days to accomplish our physical work and how we too need to have a day of physical rest, however, we stand in need of spiritual work on that day and not just the absence of physical work. He also reiterated that all that God made before He rested, He subsequently gave to mankind and thus we should be grateful to God for everything we have. It is for this reason that we should set aside Sunday for assembling ourselves together at church to praise God, sing hymns, preach and pray in a manner that glorifies the Lord – – it is our reasonable service. Elder Cook was quick to point out that while doing so, we are not trying to fulfill the legal requirements of the Mosaic Law for purposes of eternal salvation, for Jesus Christ has already done this, we are doing so for purposes of our temporal salvation as we walk in this sinful and wicked world and to honor God. Lastly, as Christians the sabbath day which we are to keep holy is not based on the Mosaic Law as given to the nation of Israel, but rather the day of resurrection of Jesus and as widely practiced by the early Christian Church.


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