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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:26

Ten Commandments- Commandment 3

The 10 Commandments

This Week’s Focus

The Third Commandment
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word,
but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

Bible Teaching
God institutes the Sabbath–Exodus 35:1-3;

The Sabbath is fulfilled and centered in Jesus–Matthew 12:1-8; Hebrews 4:9-13;

God does not require a specific day, just that we worship–Romans 14:5-9; Hebrews 10:19-25;

He forbids despising of His Word and calls us to esteem it–Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13;

“Let me tell you this, even though you know God’s Word perfectly and are already a master in all things: you are daily in the devil’s kingdom (Colossians 3:13-14). He ceases neither day nor night to sneak up on you and to kindle in your heart unbelief and wicked thoughts against these three commandments. Therefore, you must always have God’s Word in your heart, upon your lips, and in your ears. But where the heart is idle and the Word does not make a sound, the devil breaks in and has done the damage before we are aware (Matthew 13:24-30).  On the other hand, the Word is so effective that whenever it is seriously contemplated, heard and used, it is bound never to be without fruit (Isaiah 55:11; Mark 4:20). It always awakens new understanding, pleasure and devoutness and produces a pure heart and pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8). For these words are not lazy or dead, but are creative, living words (Hebrews 4:12).” Martin Luther, The Large Catechism, Concordia, p.

Our Confession

·         We confess that worship is an interaction between our present God and His bride the Church. It is clearly God’s will that such worship take place.

·         We confess that Christ fulfilled all the Old Testament ceremonial laws and the Sabbath day. He is our Sabbath rest (see Matthew 12:1-8; Colossians 2:6-23; Hebrews 4).

·         We confess that no one day is required for our worship (Christians worship on Sunday because that is the day Christ rose). 

·         We confess that devotion to God’s Word is part of this Commandment.

·         We reject the notion that setting aside a time for worship is optional.

·         We reject demanding worship on a particular day.

·         We reject any and all despising of God’s Word in public worship or personal devotion.

Discussion Questions
1. What is worship and why do it?

2. How is the biblical discussion and examples of worship reflected in our worship?

3. How well do we communicate our reason for our form of worship and how could we improve?

4. Why did Luther include devotion to God’s Word in his explanation?

5. How is worship a way of life?How well does our congregation reflect and promote these truths?

“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word. Curb those who by deceit or sword would wrest the kingdom from Your Son and bring to naught all He has done.” Amen.










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