SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Scripture: Exodus 20:8-11
Commandment number four says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Honoring the Sabbath means to keep one day weekly as holy to the Lord and honor Him on that day with minimal activity. Many of us have enjoyed the movie, Chariots of Fire. Eric Liddell in this true account was a Christian Scotsman who was the fastest runner in the 100 and 220 meter races for the 1924 Olympics. But because the races were run on Sunday, he bowed out – forfeiting a sure Gold Medal in the 100 and possibly in the 4×100 relay. This movie dramatized the events of the 1924 Olympics. Romans 14:5,6 states, “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord;[a] and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.” Had Eric Liddell understood Romans, perhaps he could have had 3 Gold Medals, but no one would remember. Eric was giving up the Gold for refusing to sacrifice principle that gained him the recognition for his strength of character in honoring God!