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Study of the Word

Scripture for the month:

August 2017 
Exodus 20: 8-11 (NKJV) 

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor you son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor you cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all this is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

Pastor's Note

Suppose you were given a pen and a piece of paper and your assignment was to describe the character of Jesus in ten brief statements - what would you write? 
Perhaps the simplest and most accurate answer would be to write the Ten Commandments because they reflect the person and character of Jesus perfectly and by extension are to reflect our character.
We're to reflect Christ's character by keeping God real, by worshipping the correct God correctly and by respecting His holy name.  Then we come to this fourth commandment which God has more to say about than the other nine. 
These laws work like a mirror in that a mirror doesn't put dirt on us, it simply shows us where the dirt is so we can clean it off.  I remember a time when if you didn't go to  the store by Saturday, you could forget about it on Sunday because they were closed which raises an interesting question - why might God begin the fourth commandment with the word remember?  I think it's because mankind tries so hard to forget about setting aside a day for worship.
Is anybody excluded from setting aside a day for worship?  Not according to verse 10, there's no loophole or acceptable excuse for not keeping this commandment because God values every person and His relationship with them.
Exodus 31: 17 reminds us our keeping of this commandment is a sign between God and us so don't ask me or your pastor if it's OK to do something else next Sunday, ask God and do as He says.  All of us are to set aside a day for worship which is more than taking a day off for physical rest, it's a day for spiritual renewal, a day of remembrance and thanks so we remain in obedience to God and His commandments the rest of the week. 
Love,
Pastor Paul

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