[PC-USA] 2001-09-09 - The Sabbath

Passages about the Ten Commandments, Part 3

Today we will read some of what God's word has to say about the Sabbath. Some celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday, while for others the Sabbath is Sunday. But regardless, it's clear that God intends the day to be a day of replenishment for us, a day that includes worshipping Him, learning about His word and fellowshipping with fellow believers.

Exodus 20:8 (NAS) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Mark 3:1-5 (NAS) He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He said to the man with the withered hand, "Let up and come forward!'' And He said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?'' But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand.'' And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Matthew 12:1-7 (NAS) At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.'' But He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone? Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.''

Mark 1:21-22 (NAS) They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach.They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Acts 14:42-44 (NAS) As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God. The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord.

Acts 18:4 (NAS) And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.


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