Honoring the Sabbath

You know that one of my pet peeves for fellow Christians is the constant abuse of the Sabbath, or the Lord’s Day. For some reason, many think that the fourth commandment has been relegated to the back burner and is no longer a requirement for the Christian. The truth of the matter is that the Decalogue, or the Ten Commandments, were placed on stone for a reason. That signifies their unity. You break one commandment, you break them all (James 2:10).

Occasionally, I will convince someone that keeping the Sabbath (the First Day of the week in the Christian era), is honoring to God and the next question is: How? I think J.C. Ryle deals wonderfully with this in his commentary on Luke 14, where Jesus heals the man with dropsy.

Ryle writes:

“The qualification which our Lord here puts on the requirements of the fourth commandment is evidently founded on Scripture, reason, and common sense. The Sabbath was made for man,– for his benefit, not for his injury,– for his advantage, not for his hurt. The interpretation of God’s law respecting the Sabbath was never intended to be strained so far as to interfere with charity, kindness, and the real wants of human nature. All such interpretation only defeat their own end. They require that which fallen man cannot perform, and thus bring the whole commandment into disrepute. Our Lord saw this clearly, and labored throughout His ministry to restore this precious part of God’s law to its just position.”

Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.