The picture displayed shows Charlton Heston in the role of Moses as he comes down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments. And while he had told his flock awaiting below to be godly while he was up on the mountain with God, he found them in a shameful display of debauchery on his return from the summit. The early Israelites, like mankind always, had problems being true to God's law and His commandments and we today continue to have such problems. Despite His love and devotion to us, we always fall short and must constantly be reminded of the wonderful gift of free will that He gave us, a gift that can give us freedom from sin and, ultimately, eternal life. Sin is always about us in this world; Satan constantly looks for your weak link through which to ply his evil trade. Only by keeping God in your heart through the Holy Spirit and the gift of forgiveness given to us by Jesus can we fend off this powerful foe.
The Fourth Commandment commands us to "remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy" and our society has extensive difficulty in honoring it. The weekend comes, we want to have fun and probably stay up too late on Saturday night and we justify our sleeping late on Sunday, failing to visit God in His House on Sunday because we are tired.
The funny thing is, being tired doesn't stop us from going to the beach, from going fishing or taking a day trip to have more fun. No, it's just a convenient excuse to justify what we do when we don't want to meet our commitments, commitments that are with us for life. We can't even take the time to realize that any gifts that we have, including life itself, we owe to Him. Isn't that ample reason for making an effort to honor Him on His day? And, of course, we should be doing this each and every day through prayer, Bible reading and community worship, for any time two people gather in His name is church time. Why can't we just make it a daily family affair?
We'll talk about this on this week's Sunday Morning Coming Down because it represents one of the most basic things that we should never neglect. And by remembering to do those basic things that He asks, it becomes easier and easier to also honor and stick to the more difficult requirement, for practice makes perfect although in this case we can never reach perfection. But we are truly required to try.
We'll also talk about why the Christian day of rest differs from the Hebrew; the foundation for that is really quite simple and it followed the beginning of the New Testament period following the life of Jesus. A new life is represented by a new day, Sunday instead of the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday.
We hope you'll join us for the message, scripture, some good Christian music and prayer. Whether you are a committed Christian or just want to learn more about the Christian faith, you are welcome to join us. The show will go live at 10 pm tonight and then be available on demand 24/7 thereafter. Here's the link:
God bless you all.