Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Law - The Ten Commandments (SD22)

Mat22:37-40  Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. Brethren And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

When we love the Lord with all our hearts, souls and minds we have fulfilled the first three Commandments.

4th. Commandment-the Sabbath

Exo 20:8  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall 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: 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."

All Israelites must rest on the Sabbath from their normal daily work.

Mat 12:7-8,12b  "But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath...Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Our Lord Jesus told the Pharisees that doing charitable works on the Sabbath is not sinful. This can mean that when we are doing charitable works we are actually taking our Sabbath.

Exo 20:11  "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."

When God rests on the seventh day, God only cease from His work of creation. Since God doesn't sleep, He will be rejoicing while showing His grace, love and mercies to His saints who had transformed themselves into the image of His Son Jesus. They had obeyed His words and were able to overcome the deceptions, temptations, persecutions, etc. of Satan. God will be delighted to accept their praises, honors and worships as their King, Father and God during His rest in the new heaven and new earth.

Mark 2:28  And He said to them, “Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

Besides His precious time with the Father in prayers, our Lord Jesus was doing good works all the time, e.g teaching, preaching, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting the sorrowful, raising the death, etc. To Him, everyday was the Sabbath, thus fulfilling the 4th commandment for He is the Lord of the Sabbath.

Similarly, His disciples too fulfilled the Sabbath by daily preaching and teaching His gospel, healing the sick, breaking bread from house to house, etc.

Act 2:46-47  So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Mark 2:27  And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath."

We thank God for our Lord Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the Sabbath so that we can worship God any day of the week (no longer only on Saturday) for 'Sabbath is made for man'. Since we have 37 OA churches in the jungle with only six OA pastors, we hold our worship services everyday throughout the week with up to six services daily in order that our brethren too have the Sabbath with the Lord.

Brethren, we can fulfill all the Ten commandments when we worship Him daily (love our Lord with all our hearts) and do charitable works (love our neighbors as we love ourselves).