August 15, 2022     7:55 am
203. Week of First Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy
          Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.   Exodus 20:8
          This is God's Third Commandment as it was written on the table of stone. The Sabbath day, the day of rest, was the seventh day, Saturday. God commanded His people, the children of Israel, to keep this particular day holy. But this requirement was expressly abrogated (abolished) in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit says through the Apostle: "Let no man therefore judge you in . . . respect of an holy-day, or . . . of the Sabbath days." (Col. 2:16). The Apostle then teaches that Christ has brought the true day of rest; by the grace of God we may now rest from sin. The day of rest of the Old Testament was but a type and shadow of this. Now that the body has come in Christ, the shadow has been done away with. The specific Sabbath day is no more. Nor has another specific holy-day been instituted in its place, not even Sunday. The whole life of a Christian is to be a Sabbath. But "let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly," so God commands. (Col. 3, 16). In the Christian congregation the Word of Christ is to be taught and preached publicly. This is most necessary and most salutary (beneficial). For this purpose a day and a certain time of the day must be appointed when the Christian congregation meets for public worship. Since the earliest times the Church has appointed Sunday for this purpose. We still observe this custom. He that will not take time to hear the Word of Christ despises the Word of Christ and we are not to despise the Word of Christ, but to keep it holy, and gladly hear and learn it. Behold the mercy of God in having His saving Word preached to us. We must heartily thank Him for this, and do our utmost to retain this spiritual boon (blessing), regularly attend divine worship, and eagerly listen to the Word preached to us. But do you know the sinful disinclination of your heart to hear the Word of God, even though you are a Christian?
          PRAYER: - Lord God, Heavenly Father, I pray You so to rule and guide me by Your Holy Spirit that with all my heart I may hear and receive Your Word and truly sanctify the Sabbath day, that by Your Word I, too, may be sanctified, place all my trust and hope in Jesus Christ, Your Son, and then also correct my life in conformity with Your Word, guarding against every offence, until by Your grace in Christ I shall obtain eternal life. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:55 am