Summary: This is fourth sermon in The Ten Commandment series and encourages people to take a day off even in today’s busy world.
TAKE A DAY OFF
Well here we are. This is the fourth week in the sermon series about the Ten Commandments and I have good news for you. There is only one sermon left after this one. I know that some of you are counting right now. In your heads you’ve already figured out that we’ve only covered three commandments so far and you’re wondering how we’re going to squeeze seven commandments into two sermons.
You’re correct. We’ve only covered three commandments up to this point. Today we’re going to talking only about the fourth commandment.
This has been an interesting trip through the Ten Commandments so far. We’ve learned a few things about them that maybe we hadn’t realized before. All of this began with a co-worker telling me he couldn’t come to our church because he had too many problems in his life, that God wasn’t going to accept him because of all the issues he has. This sent me on a search for answers. You see, there are people all over the world who believe that the way to be accepted by God, the way to be loved by God, the way to get to heaven, and the way for God to hear your prayers is for you to do all the right things. You’ve got to obey the rules. And most often when you ask someone they’re going to tell you that the rules come from the Ten Commandments.
The problem is that most people have no idea what the Ten Commandments really say. In fact, when I began this series I probably couldn’t have told you what all of the commandments are. Most people, in fact, only know “You shall not kill” and “You shall not steal.” Beyond that they’re completely lost when it comes to the commandments.
What we learned in that first sermon was that God never gave his commandments as a condition of his love. He gave his commandments as a confirmation of a pre-existing relationship with him. Another words you can’t get to God by obey rules. The rules are given because you’re already in with God.
Then we learned that God wants to be your one and only God. In fact, what we said is that God wants to be your “one stop God.” Remember that term? He wants to be the God you go to for everything. That same week, we also discussed that God doesn’t want you making any idols of him. Because when you try and do so you try to make him manageable. You try to put him in a box. And God isn’t manageable. He can’t be put in a box. You can’t just go get him when it’s convenient for you and then close the box lid and tuck him away until you need him again. It doesn’t work that way.
Then last week we got into talking about misusing God’s name. And we found out that the third commandment didn’t quite mean what we originally thought it meant. What we discovered was that God didn’t want us attaching his name to anything God was not a part of. That was different, wasn’t it?
Well, today we’re still not going to be discussing the commandments that everyone knows. We’re not going to be talking about “You shall not kill” and “You shall not steal.” Instead we’re only going to be talking about the fourth commandment. And I know right now some of you are thinking, “But Tim that leaves us six more commandments for next week.” Yes. It does. But don’t worry. We’re going to get through all of them next week. In fact, that’s a Sunday you don’t want to miss because we’re going to talk about freedom.