Daily Devotional Wednesday 11th November

by William Moody

Exodus 20:8–11

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

(ESV)

The Fourth Commandment
(Shorter Catechism 57-59)

“The fourth commandment requires the keeping holy to God such set times as he hath appointed in his word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy Sabbath to himself.” (A.58) “From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly Sabbath; and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian Sabbath.” (A.59)

The Sabbath is God’s wonderful gift to mankind. Initially it was a day to mark the end of God’s work of creation and His wonderful provision in creation. It was a day God set apart to be with His people in a close and intimate way. Is the Sabbath such a joy for you? Pray about this.

The Old Testament was at the end of the week and so they looked forward to the rest that would come in Jesus the Messiah. Since Jesus’ resurrection on the first day of the week, the first day as the Sabbath means through the week we look back to the rest that God has now provided in Jesus. The Sabbath is to point us to and lead us closer to Jesus. Does this happen for you? Is your longing that each Sabbath you will truly meet with Jesus?

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