Q10: What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?
Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in worship of God. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother.
Our memory verse is Lev 19:3 – “Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God.”
Tim Keller: “It’s also true, however, that the New Testament shows us that the Sabbath day points to a deeper kind of rest. Hebrews 4 in particular says that when we believe in Christ and the gospel, we rest from our works. Which means the great burden of having to prove ourselves and having to earn our salvation is lifted from us.”
Keeping a day for rest and honoring our parents is antithetical to the culture we live in. Our modern culture has no time for resting. Work, work, work. Strive to prove yourself worthy and valuable. At the same time, as soon as you are old, you have no value. Parents are dismissed rather than listened to. It is hard, when the culture says strive, for your family to say rest.
But God calls us to rest once a week so that we can focus on the rest that is found only in Him. We don’t have to prove our worth. He calls us worthy, because of his sovereign choice. You don’t have to find your identity in what you can accomplish. Find it in what Christ accomplished already for you. I found this video on my facebook feed last week and it is a great reminder of where we find our place in Christ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=C4C0JhLf-Fw&feature=emb_logo&fbclid=IwAR2jUPMueVT4iYO-q_U4Kzrof5HZT8cLo-pliWKpUNM9n5fFselllsvmCes