Hi, back again with part four in the series, which originated with a comment on Jon Lilley’s blog… If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian. – Mahatma Gandhi.
In thinking about this, I thought about how Christ lived. He was a perfect, sinless sacrifice, therefore He would have kept the law and the Ten Commandments. Until now I have looked at Christ and the first three commandments, now it is time to look at the fourth commandment.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 0 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20: 8-11
The Sabbath command seems to be the most ‘controversial’ of the commandments.
“Between me and the children of Israel, and a perpetual sign. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and in the seventh he ceased from work.” Exodus 31: 17 (Douay-Rheims)
Demonstrating its time span…
This will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and on that day you must deny yourselves. This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day of the month and extend until sundown on the tenth day.” Lev 23:32 (New Living Translation)
Sabbath observers therefore keep the Sabbath from sunset Friday until sunset Saturday.
What about Christ? The Pharisees accused him of breaking that commandment. If this were so, how could He have been a perfect, sinless sacrifice?
So let’s look at an excerpt from an excellent article I found searching the web…
When the Pharisees accused Jesus of violating the law by healing on the Sabbath, He again was able to reveal their hypocrisy by using their own contradictory rules. First, we will examine Jesus’ acknowledgement that He had been working. The Sabbath law is, in part: “Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work” (Exodus 20:9–10). Notice that the work forbidden by the Sabbath law is “your work.” The law does not forbid works of service towards God. Indeed, the very reason we are commanded to cease from our own works on the Sabbath is so we may devote the time to the work of honoring and serving God; that we may “turn your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words” (Isaiah 58:13). Here it is clear that it is our own works—the course of our everyday business—that we are to avoid on the Sabbath. On the other hand, we are to honor God on the Sabbath. Giving honor to God often entails work—”good works.”
(Bolding mine. Full article – Did Jesus Break the Sabbath
It is plain that, whatever the Pharisees claimed, Jesus, the Christ, kept the fourth commandment. Otherwise, as mentioned earlier, He would not have been a perfect, sinless sacrifice… and the consequence of that is that we have no Saviour.
Food for thought