Keep the Sabbath Day Holy | Luke 13:10-17

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy | Luke 13:10-17

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy – Luke 13:10-17

Introduction

Luke 13:10-17 ESV  Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  (11)  And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.  (12)  When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.”  (13)  And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.  (14)  But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”  (15)  Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?  (16)  And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”  (17)  As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Today I want to talk about the 4th commandment, keep the Sabbath day Holy.

Exodus 20:8 ESV  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Bring Up Title Slide

  • Keep the Sabbath day holy… the 6th commandment. One that is often ignored in our time…
    • One that religious leaders accused Jesus of ignoring.
    • But we know that Jesus never sinned.
    • We know that Jesus is the perfect example to follow.
    • So, church, would it not make sense for us to follow Jesus’ example in regards to the sabbath?
      • Would it not make sense for us to keep the sabbath in the same way that Jesus did when He was on earth? I think it would.
  • So let’s just recap this story before we get into it this morning…
    • Jesus was at the Synagogue teaching on the Sabbath.
    • While Jesus was there a woman came in with an extremely crocked spine, so much so that she couldn’t even stand up straight.
    • Jesus seeing her, without even being asks, lays hands on her and immediately heals her.
    • The ruler of that synagogue, the pastor if you will, sees this and flips out saying “It’s the sabbath, you can’t do work today! You heathen!
      • People have 6 days a week to be healed, let them come on one of those days!
    • Jesus responds: “Bro, what are you talking about! If your ox or donkey is thirsty on the Sabbath, don’t you give him something to drink?
      • How much more important is this woman of God than your silly ox or donkey?!
    • That pretty much shut up the ruler of the synagogue, and everyone rejoiced at God’s healing of this woman.
  • It’s a pretty straight forward story, but I think there is a lot we can learn from it. But lets start by praying.

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  • Now before I get into the points this morning, let me explain what the Sabbath is, and what it isn’t.
  • The Sabbath is the practice of resting after six days of work, God gave us this example when He created the universe and all that was within it.

Genesis 2:1-3 ESV  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  (2)  And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  (3)  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

  • So God creates EVERYTHING in 6th days, and on the 7th day God rests.
    • Was it because God was tired? No of course not, but God was setting an example for us, work for 6 days, rest on the Seventh.
      • If God does it, we ought to do it too.

Exodus 20:8-11 ESV  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  (9)  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,  (10)  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.  (11)  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

  • But the Sabbath is not JUST about rest, although I do believe it is about rest and that rest is holy.
    • I think the Sabbath is also about sacrifice. We as Christians say “We sacrifice a day of labor to the Lord, we give up the right to earn a living on the Seventh day so that we can focus on Him.

Leviticus 23:3 ESV  “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places.

  • You see a Christians we sacrifice a 10th of our income to God, that’s our tithes, and a 7th of our week, our Sabbath.
    • We say “We can live off of the 90% we earn in 6 days because we serve a mighty God who is worth of it all, and we trust that He will provide”.
  • So God commands this Sabbath… so then comes the question what DAY is the Sabbath?
    • Some say Saturday, Some Say Sunday, others get real literal and say Friday from Sundown to Saturday on Sunday.
      • Here’s what I think. I think that God did not use a roman calendar when He created the universe.
      • Days weren’t called “Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday” until thousands of years later when the Romans named them after their God’s.
      • Literally Saturday is named after the Roman god of Agriculture, Saturn.
      • I don’t think God was like, now on this day named after Saturn I shall rest.
    • So to insist that the sabbath must be followed on Saturday I think is absurd.
      • It is the day that Jesus observed the Sabbath, but that was due to tradition, not biblical law.
    • So, if we can admit the law is mute about exactly which day or time the sabbath is, then we can simply say “There are seven days a week, work for 6 of them, honor the sabbath on the 7th”.
    • But we can also look to Jesus after His resurrection and what His followers did.
    • What they did was honor the Sabbath on Sunday, why? Because that’s when Jesus rose from the dead! They called it the Lords day.
      • And Christians have honored Sunday ever sense the resurrection.
  • My personal opinion is this, for the vast majority of people Sunday makes the most sense to honor the Sabbath. And it all comes back to imitating Jesus’ example here in Luke.

All right, that was a huge introduction, but now we are are onto our first point, Spend time with Jesus on the Sabbath.

Point One – Spend Time with Jesus on the Sabbath Day

  • Spend time with Jesus on the Sabbath Day. Spend time with God. Spend time in Church.

Luke 13:10 ESV  Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.

  • Where was Jesus on the Sabbath? He was at a church!
    • Don’t get mixed up by the word Synagogue… it just means “church”.
    • So if we wanted to find Jesus on any given sabbath, we would find Him in the church teaching.
  • Let me just make this really clear… JESUS WENT TO CHURCH EVERY WEEK!
    • Just throwing it out there… people want to spiritualize it… they want to say “I can go to church at my house by myself”.
    • Well… Jesus didn’t think so, and neither did the woman with the disabling spirit.

Luke 13:11 ESV  And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.

  • This woman, where was she on the Sabbath? She was at church!
    • She didn’t let her disability keep her from worshiping God.
      • We don’t even know if she knew Jesus was there… but we know she loved God because in verse 16 Jesus calls her a daughter of Abraham.
    • So she is there to worship God, to honor the Sabbath, and because church is where Jesus is on the sabbath, it just so happens that she found Jesus at church.
  • THIS ISN’T COMPLICATED Y’ALL, IS IT?
    • Yet people make it so complicated.
  • Listen, the Bible calls the Sabbath a “Holy Convocation” that’s what it says… bring back Leviticus 23:3

Leviticus 23:3 ESV  “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places.

  • You see that, Holy Convocation… you know what that word means? It means “Large gathering” or a large calling together of people.
    • The sabbath shouldn’t be celebrated alone, it is a convocation, it is a gathering.
    • It is God’s people saying we are going to get together and worship Him, praise Him, exalt Him, because He deserves it and so much more.
      • I don’t come to church for healing, I don’t come to church for joy, I don’t come to church for salvation. I come to church because Jesus deserves my worship!
        • And if you are a believer I hope that is why you come too.
        • Yes there is joy to be found here. Yes there is Peace to be found here. Yes there is healing to be found here. Yes there are blessings to be found here.
        • But NONE of that compares to the Jesus who is found here!
    • And I don’t know about you… but I can go a week without blessing, and I can go a week with out joy, and I can go a week without healing…
    • BUT I AM NEVER GOING TO GO A WEEK WITHOUT WORSHIPING JESUS.
    • I am not going to let a week go by without gathering in a holy convocation to meet with Jesus and worship Him.
  • It’s so simple church, amen?
    • THEN WHY DO I MEET SO MANY PEOPLE WHO TELL ME THEY CAN’T COME TO CHURCH BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING?!
    • What is more important, your job or your Jesus?
    • Which would you rather have? Money or Jesus?
    • Do you think God will bless you or curse you for honoring the Sabbath?
      • THEN STAND UP TO YOUR BOSS AND SAY NO MORE! I am going to be with Jesus on Sunday, and I know where He will be. Jesus is going to be at Church so I am going to be at church.
    • There are six days when you can work but on the Seventh you shall rest and worship.
  • It seems so simple… ok, gonna step on some toes, I love you all…
    • But why are there so many parents who miss church Sunday after Sunday because of little Timmy’s tea ball game?
    • What’s more important, your kids athleticism, or your kids faith?
    • What are you telling them if you tell your kids “well its ok if we miss church this month, because you have games for the next 4 Sundays”.
      • You are telling them that there sports are more important than worshiping God.
  • There are six days in which you shall play t-ball little Timmy, but on the seventh you shall rest and come to worship.
    • Man stand up to your boss and tell him or her how madly in love with Jesus you are, and that you can’t miss worshiping Him every week.
      • And if they fire you for that, great, we will hook you up with a great lawyer and you can sue them.
      • Whatever happens, God will for sure bless you.
    • Stand up to your kids coach “Our family serves the Lord, and we love that little Timmy is a part of this team, but he is a part of Team Jesus first!”.
  • I am not saying be leagalistic about it… I mean, if your kid has a playoff or tournament game once or twice a year, sure, go and enjoy… but where is your priority.
  • Or if you get called in by a desperate boss for overtime because everyone called in sick, sure, go and serve your boss as you would Jesus, but it should be the exception, not the rule.
  • The rule should be this: Jesus is at church, so that where I want to be! Every week I am going to worship Him!

Point Two – Do what is Holy, and Good, and Praiseworthy on the Sabbath

Luke 13:13-16 ESV  And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.  (14)  But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”  (15)  Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?  (16)  And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

  • What I love about this story is that the ruler of the Synagogue was clearly working and overseeing his church…
    • He was working when he was critiquing Jesus privately.
    • And he was certainly working when publicly rebuked Jesus.
  • It could be argued that it is impossible to not be working.
    • Our brain is constantly working.
    • Our lungs, our heart, our body… always working.
    • Even when sleeping we burn calories because our bodies are working.
    • Driving to church is work.
    • Having to awkwardly hug people at work.
    • Ordering food at Tacobell is work.
    • Getting your kids to put there shoes on is a whole lot of work.
  • There is always going to be work. I think when God says “Don’t work on the Sabbath” He is saying, put aside every kind of work that is stressful, hard, difficult, laborsom, and put on things that are holy and good and praiseworthy.
  • Rest from the troubles of this world for one day, and spend your energy on things that are good.

Colossians 3:2 ESV  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Philippians 4:8 ESV  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  • You are going to have to go back to work on Monday.
    • You are going to have to deal with your boss, and your coworkers, and deadlines and labor.
  • Or maybe you have to go back to school on Monday, and deal with teachers, and classmates, and assignments.
    • Spend your Sunday worshiping God and doing good, doing holy and praiseworthy things.
  • Go out to lunch with church family and fellowship.
  • Spend time in prayer and the word with your kids.
  • Watch football, sure, but do it in a holy manner, no cussing, no yelling, just enjoy the game.
  • Enjoy each other.
  • Enjoy the Lord.
  • You might even find taking a nap to be a big part of your Sabbath, offer that nap to Jesus!
  • Whatever you do, make sure that ONE day a week, just ONE, is wholly dedicated to the Lord.

Conclusion

  • Let’s conclude by recapping.
    • On the Sabbath as outlined in Luke 13…
    • Jesus went to Church.
    • Jesus taught God’s Word.
    • Jesus Rebuked the enemy.
    • Jesus loved a stranger.
    • Jesus healed that stranger.
  • Be like Jesus church, that’s all I ask.

Gospel call.

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