You Can be an Overcomer
Some say that Genesis 2:1-3 is not a command for man to keep the Sabbath; and therefore we do not obey it. But Exodus 16 and 20 clearly show that man is commanded to keep it holy. And who dare say that the Ten Commandments were only for the Jewish race? Are the rest of us permitted to lie, steal, cheat, and commit adultery? Are only the Hebrews to observe these ten moral principles?
The reason for the commandment is the Creation of this world: “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth.” This is not some- thing local, merely for a Semitic race;—it is a commandment for all in the entire world who shall bow down and worship their Creator in humble thankfulness for His plan to save them through the life and death of Jesus Christ. It was given at the Creation of this world, to every man, woman, and child who shall live on this planet.
God wrote these Ten Commandments with His own finger (Ex. 31:18, Deut. 9:10). He wrote them on the most enduring thing in the world; that is rock (Ex. 31:18). And He wishes to write them also on our hearts.
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”—Hebrews 10:16 (Heb. 8:10, Jer. 31:33). And, if we will let Him, through the New Covenant He will write His holy law upon our hearts. To have the Ten Commandments written on our hearts means two things: first, a willingness to obey them and, second, letting God enable us to do so by the grace of Jesus, His Son. Obedience to God’s law is to become an integral part of our lives.
FACT NUMBER FIVE—The weekly seventh-day Sabbath is part of the Moral Law contained in the Ten Commandments. It will stand forever. The yearly sabbaths were part of the ceremonial laws that prefigured, or foreshadowed, the death and ministry of Christ.
These “shadow laws,” such as Passover and the Wave Sheaf, which were a part of the ceremonial or sacrificial law, would not endure past the death of Christ.
“For the [ceremonial] law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those