The seat belt and the 10 Commandments

 

Car manufactures install seat belts in cars at the factory because driving a car can be very dangerous.

 

As time moves forward more and more people are being killed in car accidents because they were not wearing their seat belt, as a result of this, a law was enacted that if you did not wear your seat belt you would be issued an $85 traffic ticket for not wearing your seat belt.

 

Now let's carry this over to understanding the law, which was given at Mt. Sinai and in particular, let's look at the fourth commandment, which commands us to remember to keep the Sabbath holy.

 

When God created everything in six days in Genesis, He could have stopped there, but instead He continued on to create a seventh day in which He blessed and declared holy.

 

Genesis 2:3 God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation.

 

The words (blessed) and (holy) mean the day is set apart and special to God. The word (holy) actually means it was designed for God's use and purpose.

 

Holy: dedicated or devoted to the service of God, specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated.

 

The Sabbath is time designed by God for man to help stay in fellowship with Him by setting a specific time each week to pull ourselves away from the secular demands of life to gather as a family in worship.

 

Leviticus 23:3 You have six days in which to do your work, but remember that the seventh day, the Sabbath, is a day of rest. On that day do not work, but gather for worship. The Sabbath belongs to the Lord, no matter where you live.

 

The Sabbath, just like the seat belt, was created by the manufacturer for our benefit but as time moved forward no one was wearing their seat belt nor was anyone keeping the Sabbath holy, as a result, a law was enacted.

 

Exodus 20:8-11 Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day, no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

 

With the law came the punishment. The seat belt law required an $85 ticket be issued for not wearing your seat belt, and stoning to death was the issued for not keeping the Sabbath holy.

 

Exodus 31:15 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.

 

Now comes Christ, and through Christ comes grace.

 

Grace does not do away with the seat belt, nor does it do away with the Sabbath. Grace does away with the $85 ticket and the stoning to death.

 

Your motive for wearing your seat belt is no longer fear of the ticket, now your motive is love and love values life and moves you to do what is right.

 

Romans 6:14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

 

The Sabbath is a blessed and holy day and because of this, you remember to keep it holy, not because of your fear of being stoned to death, but rather, because, as a loving child of God, it's right and good to keep the Sabbath holy.

 

Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!

 

We are no longer under the law, but remember, the seat belt was built into the car at the factory for our benefit and safety, even before there was a law. Likewise, the Sabbath was built into creation for our benefit even before the law.

 

Mark 2:27 Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for mankind, and not mankind for the Sabbath."

 

If you need the fear of punishment to keep the Sabbath holy, then you've probably never had a changed life through the Spirit of God.

 

Romans 8:7 When people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, they are against God, because they refuse to obey God’s law and really are not even able to obey God’s law.

 

The Spirit of God will change us and move you to keep the Sabbath holy, as well as all of God's laws, because of your love for God and His ways.

 

Ezekiel 36:25-28 Then I will put clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will make you clean from all your unclean ways and from all your false gods. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My Laws and be careful to do what I tell you. And you will live in the land that I gave to your fathers. You will be My people, and I will be your God.

 

As a blood bought child of God with a changed life, our desire is to obey God out of love, even without the law because the law was enacted to force people to obey God through fear of punishment, but when love is our motive there is no need for fear to move us.

 

1 John 4:17-19 as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.

 

Don't be deceived...if people truly love God, they will obey Him. Religious people who say they know God, yet they deny Him by the way they live their lives, they are deceiving themselves and deceiving you if you follow them.

 

Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

 

This is just about every mainline church today.