The Fourth Commandment
Adapted From: Ten to Grow On By Sandra Klaus
o How many commandments are there? 10
o The 10 Commandments are found in which part of the Bible? Old Testament and many are repeated in the New Testament.
o What is the First Commandment?
§ You shall have no other Gods before me.
o What is the Second Commandment?
§ You shall not make for Yourself an Idol
o What is the Third Commandment?
§ You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God
o Who can remember where the 10 Commandments are first found in the Bible? What book? Exodus
· Read Exodus 20:8-11
· The word Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word meaning to stop, take a break, rest from your work.
· Holy means to separate or set apart.
· When God gave this Commandment to Moses to share with His people, he was asking for a special day to be set aside each week for worship and rest. A day of worship. In a sense, a gift to God. On that one day, people were to give their attention to God.
· Ways in which we can worship God:
o Go to church
o Thinking about Him
o Reading the Bible
o Singing songs to Him or about Him
o Doing good things for others
o Encouraging other Christians
o Telling unbelievers about Christ
· Sabbath was also a gift from God. A day of rest. A day away from our ordinary work. He knew we would need a break.
· Most Christians use Sunday as their day of worship and rest.
· God loves us and He wants us to take care of ourselves both spiritually and physically.
· God wants us to spend time with Him every day, but it’s important that set aside one day to be a special “God’s” day. He doesn’t request this. He commands it. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it Holy.”
· Traditionally Jews celebrated the Sabbath on Saturday. From sunset Friday night to sunset Saturday night, the Jewish people were forbidden to do any work at all.
· Then Jesus came and changed that perspective a bit. He said it was ok to do some things on the Sabbath.
o Mark 2:27 – Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath
o Matthew 12:12 – Jesus says it is right to do good things on the Sabbath
· After Jesus came and died to save us all from our sins, people began celebrating the Sabbath on Sunday. Not all churches consider Sunday the Sabbath. Some still use Saturday.
· Some people look at the Sabbath as their day of rest, and they sleep in, skip church, and lounge around all day. That’s fantastic except for one thing. They’ve missed the “worship” part of the commandment! Oh dear!
· Other people do so much on the Sabbath attempting to get ready for church, get ready for big meals, going to a church meeting after church, that they’ve missed out on the “rest” part of the commandment. Also, Oh dear!
· Leaving out either part – rest or worship – is disobeying God’s Commandment.
· God gave us the Sabbath so that we would be ready to face what would come at us during the week.
· Remember to study God’s Word and worship him while making time to rest and relax.
· Bible Drill: Things to do to keep God’s day holy
Luke 18:1 (Pray)
Psalm 119:11 (Memorize)
Psalm 9:1 (Praise)
Ephesians 5:19 (Sing)
Psalm 1:1-2 (Meditate)
Acts 20:35 (Give)
Hebrews 13:16 (Do good)
I Thessalonians 5:18 (Give thanks)
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work… for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.