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03/02/19 Sermon Notes.

Sermon Series: Seeing Jesus: Finding The Center of What We Believe

Sermon Title: The Gift At The End

Starting Scripture: Exodus 20: 8-11

Sermon Theme: At the end of the weekly grind, God offers the gift of the Sabbath.




          As a new parent was to establish a presence in my daughter’s life as her father by executing three primary tasks.  The first was to connect my daughters with their history. The second is to raise them to embrace responsibility. The third was to ensure a secure relationship in which they knew they could depend on me.  I believe our Heavenly Father has the same objectives and in order to accomplish them, established the crown jewel of His creation- the Sabbath.  Much has been debated and even more has been assumed or ignored about the 4th of the 10 commandments, but I believe that it remains valid in God’s word for a reason.  Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about God’s special day…


  1. As Creator, God was intentional about every aspect of our lives.
    • In Genesis, on a planet with a population of two, God was intentional.
      • Nothing about our lives is an accident or an afterthought.
      • God’s intentionality continues today.(All things work together…)
    • Nothing is an afterthought because we are created by Him! The Sabbath reminds us that we are God’s creation!That’s our history.
  2. God is so detailed, in fact, that He even orchestrated the rhythm of our lives.
    • He does not leave it to chance because He knows what we need.
      • The manufacturer wrote the manual.
    • He knows that we need a balance of work and rest.
    • That rhythm is outlined in Ex 20: 8-11
      • Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work… (Human beings are to be productive )
      • “Work”- Strong’s # 4399 = employment, industrious occupation.
        1. 1 Timothy 5:8- Anyone who does not provide… is worse than an unbeliever
        2. Prov 6:6- Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
      • Do you best and God will do the rest!
    • God’s wants His children to be responsible!
  3. The other half of the text is where most of the world is mistaken.
    • The culture celebrates “the grind”. That’s one part.
      • There’s growth in the grind, but there can also be a problem…
      • We are always in danger of thinking we can do it all ourselves
        1. Deut 8:17- But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: For it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth.
    • In order to give us perspective, God gives us the gift of the Sabbath at the end of the weekly grind, so that we can always be reminded that we depend on Him.

How? The Sabbath illustrates the timeless principle that Jesus is able to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.

  • Because of our limitations we can not create, can not always provide and cannot sanctify.
    • ( Ex 16: 4-5) God illustrates His provision.
    • (Ezekiel 20:12) I gave my Sabbaths as a sign...I the Lord made them holy.
    • (Isaiah 58: 13-14) If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day...then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and to feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

The Sabbath reminds us of our history, teaches responsibility and increases our dependence on Him. We go through the grind of each week, but the Sabbath is the gift that comes at the end.