The Fourth Commandment instructs us to keep the Lord’s Day holy. Notice it does not say to merely keep one hour holy. Rather, the DAY is to be kept holy.
Our daughter and I were reading Martha Finley’s Elsie Dinsmore novels, written between 1867 and 1905. Although fiction, they give a good picture of American life in the South, during the late 1800’s. According to her books, people spent Sunday mornings in church. They rested in the early afternoon. In the late afternoon they returned to church and in the evenings at home they would sing psalms or hymns.
And get this! They would not sing a song on Sunday that was not a Sunday song! All Sunday singing had to be worshipful and pleasing to God.
Today many would call this lifestyle legalistic, even though they were simply following the Fourth Commandment. How our society has drifted! Can you remember as a child, when stores were closed on Sunday? I can.
My point: We have all failed in keeping the Ten Commandments—and I have only mentioned four. That is why we all need a Savior—and there is only ONE.
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Exodus 20:8
- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:12
- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
- SONG: AT THE FEET OF JESUS – Lyrics by Liana W. Howarth; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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