Lord’s Day Preparation, Saturday, June 4, 2021
Fostering Thanksgiving for the Simplicity of God’s Law and the Extraordinary Nature of God’s Grace
The Lord’s Day is also called the Christian Sabbath. It is part of God’s moral law and thus binding on all just as the commands to worship only God, not make graven images to worship, not take his name in vain, honor your father and mother, not murder, not commit adultery, not steal, not lie, and not covet. The Christian Sabbath is for the benefit of man and for the glory of God. The Pharisees had made the Sabbath into something it was never meant to be, going so far as to restrict healing on the Sabbath considering it work. They did not benefit man or glorify God. They made all sorts of other additional rules to God’s law. It would seem like making more rules would be honoring God, but it isn’t. In fact, making more rules can be a sign of dissatisfaction with God’s rules. A nation that makes lots of gods often has lots of rules. God’s Word is sufficient for sanctification. You only need the one true God. One does not need to add to God’s word in order to live obedient to God. In fact, the best thing we can do is to simply stick to God’s Word and preserve its purity. So, when it comes to the Christian Sabbath, this means setting apart the first day of the week since the resurrection of our Lord, as a whole day to worship the Lord. Yes, this means we don’t do ordinary work on the Lord’s Day, but more importantly it means that we give ourselves to extraordinary work the whole day long. It means that we are satisfied with God’s good rules. We don’t want to worship many gods and have lots of rules. We want to glorify God and his law because both He and it is good. We can experience and participate in extraordinary work on the Lord’s Day because God has prepared such for us to enjoy. Thank God tonight:
That he has not burdened us with an excessive amount of rules like the nations who worship many false gods.
That he has prepared extraordinary works for us to benefit from and participate in on each Lord’s Day.