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February 21, 2014

TISCIONE: The ignored commandment

By LOU TISCIONE

The fourth commandment, Exodus 20:8, is: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

God gave this command to His people so that they would remember a certain day. The day that they were to remember or call to mind was the Sabbath day. The sabbath day was established in creation. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:1-3)

The Apostle Paul wrote clearly that Jesus fulfilled the Sabbath. (Colossians 2:16-17) 

Yet, the Lord’s Day was so important that it was at the center of Israel’s worship. After Christ rose from the dead, Christians began to worship on the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day.

The requirement to worship was as an eternal command of the Creator to His creatures. Those in Christ set the Lord’s Day apart in worship. That is, a Christian response to the grace of God is to set one day in seven apart to Him, not as a duty but as sincere devotion.

God made us to worship Him. Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is set apart by God’s command to gather together with the people of God for worship. But because of sin, we seem to try to fit in worship on the Lord’s Day among our many important things to do. Some churches have even sought to accommodate their members by offering Saturday evening worship services. Practical advice was given by the reformers concerning sanctifying, keeping holy, the Lord’s Day. Their advice continues to be helpful to the church.

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