Why Do People Struggle with the 4th Commandment?

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Why do so few people keep the Sabbath, and what is the purpose behind keeping it?

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[Darris McNeely] While teaching the doctrine of the Sabbath recently to some of my students, the question came up about why people resist keeping the Sabbath. You know, the Ten Commandments are a good thing and most people will agree that they're great. Moral code, we should live by them except for the fourth. Except for the Fourth Commandment that deals with the Sabbath. The other nine, sure. Don't steal, don't commit adultery, don't murder, don't put any other gods before the true God. But that Fourth Commandment, keeping the Sabbath Day, that becomes a sticking point for a lot of people. I understand that. 

Let's think about it this way. Some say that to keep the Sabbath Day, to adhere to what the Bible says, to not work, to rest on that seventh day of the week, Saturday, the Sabbath, to do that would be legalism. To do that would be works of law seeking to earn our salvation. There are all kinds of other expressions that accompany that as people dream up ways to get around this troublesome Fourth Commandment as they look at it. But here's another way for us to understand and frankly, here's a biblical approach for us to look at. 

In Mark 2, Christ gave some very important teaching about the Sabbath in verses 27 and 28, as the disciples were going through the fields, plucking corn, the Pharisees criticized them for doing work on the Sabbath. And in verse 27 in Mark 2, Christ said, "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath." The Sabbath was made for man. You find that in Genesis where the man was created on the sixth day. The Sabbath is the seventh day. It was to compliment man, is to help and to aid. And then Jesus added another statement. "Therefore, the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. Now, what that tells us is this, that as we keep the Sabbath, we enter into a very unique relationship with the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus Christ.

Why do we keep the Sabbath? Why do we stop our work on the Sabbath? Think of it this way. It's to allow the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus Christ, to do His work in us on this day. This is borne out in Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
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where the Apostle Paul makes a profound statement about our relationship with God. He said, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." He said, "Christ lives in me." For one is led by the spirit of God. Christ is in us living His life, Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath Day. 

When we stop from our works on the Sabbath Day, when we rest according to the command of God and keep the Sabbath Day, that isn't legalism, that isn't working out our own salvation, that isn't some form of the works of the law, that is stopping our own work to allow the work of the Living Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath, to do His spiritual work in us on that day as we fellowship with Him and the Father and perfect our lives. It makes a unique meaning to the Sabbath and it adds another dimension as to why that day is an important part of the law of God and why you should consider communing with God on the Sabbath Day according to His command. And let Him do His work in you on that day as you rest from your work.

That's BT Daily, join us next time.

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  • need to know
    I can't get the transcript to come up. "why do people have trouble with the fourth commandment".
  • Aaron Booth
    To view the transcript, click on the "transcript" box above. The text is hidden but will appear when the "transcript" link is clicked.
  • vette20045
    I happen to work on weekends in security and being realistic it is impossible in today world to keep the Sabbath as crime takes no days off and i do not need a special day to think about Jesus as i think about him constantly.This commandmant is outdated.
  • Lena VanAusdle
    Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." There's no such thing as an "outdated" commandment. The only thing Jesus Christ changed about the commandments was taking the penalty for breaking them upon Himself. That being said, yes, keeping God's commandments can be challenging. But God asks us to do hard things, knowing that, with His help, we can do anything, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). And, "For with God nothing will be impossible" (Luke 1:37). Have faith and trust in God.
  • tyler
    do you imagine it was easier to keep the sabbath at any other time in history than it is today? it has always been hard to do things that God expects. you may think about Jesus often and that is good. but to dismiss the commandments was never something that He taught.
  • need to know
    Didn't God say " give Caesar his due" when in his domain? What about people that have to work on the Sabbath? Have you got a new job for me? Since this is the Devil's domain currently, and he makes the rules, aren't we supposed to abide by those that allow us to continue follow God's path to righteousness ( by continuing to LIVE and seek His kingdom)?
  • Craig Scott
    The full quote is "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." - Matthew 22:21. The speaker is Jesus Himself. The second half of His statement could be applied to observing the Sabbath. When obeying the authority of this world's governments conflicts with obedience to your Creator, you have to make a choice - see Acts 5:18-21, or Acts 5:28-29 for examples. In such cases you should choose to obey God. He won't force you against your will, but its what He desires. If you then need another job you should ask God for assistance. He is where you will find help. When I had to leave a job for conscience sake that's what I did.
  • tyler
    God says render into caesar what is caesar's, that means pay your taxes and obey the laws of the land so long as those laws do not require you to sin. the law does not require you to work on Sabbath and if they did you would be right to disobey mans law as God's superceeds it. if you ignore what God wants to obey what people want you to do instead that is being conformed to the word and friendship to the world is enmity to God.
  • Ivan Veller
    We must “‘be careful not to forget the LORD who brought [us] out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. Fear the LORD your God, serve Him … only … Do not follow other gods … Do not test the LORD your God … [We] are to diligently keep the commandments of the LORD [our] God and the testimonies and statutes He has commanded [us]. Do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD … We were slaves … but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand … And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes and to fear the LORD our God, that we might always prosper and be preserved, as we are this day. Deu 6:25 And if we are careful to observe every one of these commandments before the LORD our God just as He has commanded us, then that will be our righteousness’” (Deuteronomy 6:12 –25 BSB). Please “‘Take to heart … [and] carefully follow all the words of this law. For they are not idle words to you, because they are your life, and by them you will live’” (Deuteronomy 32:46–47 BSB).
  • Ivan Veller
    Hi Mr. Wilson, God “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness” (Colossians 1:13, BSB 2019) “that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6 BSB). “How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:16 BSB)! https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/from-captivity-to-freedom-the-lesson-of-the-feast-of-unleavened-bread One “cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too;” one “cannot partake in the table of the Lord and the table of demons too” (1 Corinthians 10:21 BSB). May we “‘be very careful to observe the commandment and the law … to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul’” (Joshua 22:5 BSB). “Then the devil … said … ‘… worship me’ … But Jesus replied, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only’” (Luke 4:7-8 BSB).
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