"If we lose the doctrine of the Sabbath, the fourth of the Ten Commandments, then we also lose the time to receive God’s ordinary means of grace and to obey all God has commanded the church to do.
Because this teaching has fallen into disrepute lately, it is necessary to teach again what the Bible says about it."
We would encourage you to consider the following Scriptural points presented by Tom Hicks. When you read through, don't just hope to come away with stronger doctrine on the Sabbath commandment—expect to see your life completely change when you apply it!
1. The Sabbath was one of God’s very first ideas.
The Sabbath Day is an ordinance of creation.
Just as God instituted marriage and work in the Garden of Eden, so He also instituted Sabbath observance at creation. He set one day in seven aside for rest and worship at the very beginning of the Bible’s story. Genesis 2:3 says, “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.” Notice that God placed a special blessing or grace upon the Sabbath day, and He “made it holy,” or “sanctified” it, which means that He set that day apart from every other day. Just as we continue to observe the pattern of marriage found in Genesis 2, we should continue to observe the pattern of Sabbath observance found in Genesis 2 as well. Thus, the pattern of the Sabbath ordinance is prescriptive, just as marriage is prescriptive. In fact, Jesus teaches precisely that…
Image Credit: ©Thinkstock