“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)
The Sabbath is a day of rest. (Exodus 31:15) It was established as a sign between God and His people; the Israelites. (Ezekiel 20:12) In the church age, we continue to keep the essence of this law by setting aside Sunday as a day of rest and worship. (Acts 20:7) There was a time when the government in America use to enforce this commandment with what was commonly referred to as Blue Laws; of which most have been repealed or declared unconstitutional. The point of these laws was to increase church attendance by making an obvious statement that Sunday is special. However, today Sunday does not look much different than Saturday or any other day of the week for that matter.
Using the Law in Evangelism: The Fourth Commandment
To illustrate the importance of the fourth commandment and how we apply this law in evangelism let’s look at an analogy I once heard. Imagine meeting a beggar on the street in his worn and dirty clothes who asked you for some money. He has done nothing to earn or deserve your generosity but you open your heart to him as well as your wallet and give him sixty dollars, keeping the last ten dollars for yourself. The beggar sees this other ten still in your wallet as you hand him the gift of cash. The beggar decides he would like that also. So a little while later, as you turn a corner you meet this beggar once again, only this time he has a large knife and demands the last of money you have.
This analogy is not much different than what we do when we rob God of one day in seven. God created the world is six literal days and rested on the seventh. (Exodus 20:11) He then gave us this world He made for our enjoyment and in response we want more.
When speaking to an unbeliever you can use this analogy to help bring conviction that he has been robbing God by using Sunday for his own purposes. It is through conviction of sin that the desire for forgiveness will result in repentance and faith in Christ. (Psalm 126:5) If we use the law in evangelism, correctly it will produce tear filled converts instead of legalistic false converts. (1 Timothy 1:8)
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