Sunday, 3 August 2014

Was it really REALLY nailed to the cross?

I have often heard people saying the Law was nailed to the cross, but when people steal or murder they are jailed. We don't want to be lied to. We don't want our husbands or wives to have extra-marital affairs. We grill it in our young ones that they must obey the elderly and us as parents. Though we do have other gods (our money, shoes, cars, husbands, girlfriends, food, etc) none openly admits that they do. Why? Because we know these things to be wrong. But when we come to the 4th commandment (Exodus 20:8-11), the Sabbath commandment, the one which lies in the centre of the Decalogue, the only one with REMEMBER - we seem to forget. We come up with all excuses not to honor God. We claim the Law is no longer valid despite not having any scriptural reference. We would rather go with the majority, we would rather listen to our Pastors, Prophets, Priests, than God. Our beliefs are based on convenience rather than principle. We claim to honor God but it's all for our selfish motives. 

The truth is God will not lower His standards to accommodate us, He was serious when He said "...till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law..." (Matthew 5:17-20). The Sabbath instituted at creation (Genesis 2:1-3) as a memorial of God's marvelous work is part of God's holy law and weighs equally as 'thou shall not - kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness, covet...' (Exodus 20:13-17). If it's wrong to steal then it's also wrong not to keep holy the seventh-day Sabbath. 

To those who already accepted the Sabbath truth - keeping the Sabbath holy does not only mean going to church on Saturday, it implies doing no work, no buying or selling, no vain talk, all thoughts must be fully surrendered to God (as should be with every other day), we should look our best - modestly (the same way we would when we are going to meet the president or any other respectable person). We should do good on Sabbath - if there is a need for us to buy food to feed a hungry person, then we must, if there is a drowning cow in a river then we must do all we can to save that life. Jesus performed life changing miracles on Sabbath, we too must seek to save a soul, a soul for eternity. 

The Sabbath must be a delight. It is a free gift of rest from God. He wants us to rest from all our labours. Oh how great a God is our God, he knew we would be weary after a long week of toil so he gave us a day to rest in His fellowship, with our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. What a precious gift we all seem to be denying. We would rather continue in our stressful labours than honor God by resting. Oh Lord, please open our eyes that we may see - see the LOVE written all over your holy law. 

May we all seek to worship God in truth and in spirit!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday last week! Hope to see you again this week.