Some reasons why keeping this fourth commandment is still important today.
- The Sabbath, along with marriage and work, was instituted by God at creation. These three creation ordinances are binding on all humanity.
- It is a binding moral law. God relates this commandment to his work of creation. (Exodus 20:8-11)
So how does one live out the Sabbath as a binding moral law?
- The Sabbath is holy to the Lord, when men prepare their hearts.
- Order their affairs before the Sabbath.
- Observe a holy rest all the day from their worldly works, words, thoughts and recreation.
- And use the whole day for public and private worship.
- And perform deeds of necessity and mercy.
I was talking with my hubby over the thoughts found in this chapter since I found them rather surprising, and he said "Pipa does not follow the continental approach to the Sabbath". Though what the term for it escapes him at the moment. I look at these rules for the Sabbath and I think NO...that would be more work to be done before the Sabbath and then not being able to do stuff on the Sabbath (like go for walks and swim and what not).. that would be hard to work through. I do think people NEED to remember that Sunday is the Lord's Day and doing things differently that day MATTERS.
In our house we don't do unnecessary work (for the most part). I don't cook (I let the fellows forage). We attend services. We don't pay for our recreation (so we won't go to a fair, go shopping, or attend rabbit shows for example).
I do think people need to think through what the Lord asks us of in regards to the Lord's Day. We need to be mindful of where our hearts and minds are at. We need to consider what we need to do so that we can come to worship WANTING to worship. (so no staying up late on Saturday night). I do think that the Lord is quick to forgive us though, so if you have a day where you do some laundry, or cook a meal, or go out for dinner or whatever... The Lord, if our hearts are right, will forgive us.
But that's my take on it. :)
What do YOU think? How do you make Sunday a day of rest?