Entering God’s Rest Part 10
Last week I stated that in order to keep the 4th commandment we must live by the principle stated by Jesus in Matthew 6:24:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus tells us here that life is about service (worship): We either serve (worship) God, or we serve (worship) mammon. One is the God of all creation; the other is the god of this world. Both require our total devotion and service 24/7. When we worship mammon we must depend on and trust in our works 24/7: When we worship God we must depend on and trust in His finished work 24/7. It is because Jesus understands this truth that He created the 7th day Sabbath and then gave us the 4th commandment which says:
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 20:11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
The 4th commandment was given to mankind by God to ensure that we serve Him 24/7. It commands us to walk by faith in Jesus’ finished work of creation and salvation 24/7. Therefore, it is a commandment that forbids us to depend on and trust in any work we can do because the work that Jesus has done in our behalf is complete: It is finished!!!
However, Satan has been successful in perverting the purpose of the 4th commandment by clouding our understanding of what is said in verse 9 which says: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work.
Most of God’s people sincerely believe that this verse is saying that for 6 days of the week we should depend on our work for the purpose of getting money (mammon) as long as we stop this work and worship God 1 day (either Saturday the 7th day of the week or Sunday the 1st day of the week). But, this cannot be true because Jesus, who is Lord of the Sabbath (see Mark 2:27&28), said that we cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).
So the questions are these: What work does the phrase, thou shalt labour and do all thy work refer to? What is our work on those days? The answer is found in verse 8: Our work during the 6 days of labor is to, Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. But that just leads us to another question which is this: If I am not doing any work during the 6 days of labor, who is? The answer to that question is: JESUS, the only one who is holy.
Next week I am going to show how Jesus will work in and through those who keep the Sabbath day holy by not doing any work on the other 6 days of labor. In the meantime I leave you with this scripture to think on and pray about concerning whose works we should be depending on during the 6 days of labor:
2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (Emphasis supplied).