Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (Exodus 20:8; Deuteronomy 5:12)
God’s holy Law is good and wise. The Ten Commandments accuse us, reveal our sin, guide and instruct us in holy living. God’s Law is the Word of God: living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Every school year begins with a review of the Ten Commandments. This week the school learns and meditates upon this commandment: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
Since the resurrection of our Lord on the first day of the week (Sunday), Christians have been gathering together no less than weekly to hear the Word of Christ. The earliest New Testament Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42) You and I continue in this devotion as members of the Christian Church.
It is easy enough to despise the Word of God by not gathering together. It is just as easy to show up at church but our hearts and minds are far from holding God’s Word sacred or gladly hearing and learning it. May God increase in us saving faith and a genuine desire to proclaim with the Psalmist, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’”
Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh (John 1). As a boy, He sat in the temple among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions (Luke 2). He regularly taught in the synagogues and those who heard him “were astonished at his teaching, for His Word possessed authority.” (Luke 4:32). Jesus went through the “cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God.” (Luke 8:1) After His resurrection He commanded His disciples to continue preaching saying, “Go, making disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Lo, I am with you always….” (Matthew 28:19)
Christ’s office of preaching continues today for you. (Mark 16:15) Where God’s Word is proclaimed we hear God Himself. The ministers of Christ are to proclaim the Law and the Gospel. God’s people are to repent of their sins, believe in the crucified Christ as the sole propitiation for sins and rejoice in the forgiveness of sins.
At Faith Lutheran School of Plano we spend a good amount of time reading, marking, learning and inwardly digesting God’s Word. My hope and prayer is that our school complements your faithful church attendance each Lord’s Day. Let us take every opportunity available to us to hear God’s Word.
Luther’s Prayer to Receive the Word:
Eternal God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, grant us Your Holy Spirit who writes the preached word into our hearts so that we may receive and believe it, and be gladdened and comforted by it in eternity. Glorify Your Word in our hearts. Make it so bright and warm that we may find pleasure in it, and through Your inspiration think what is right. By Your power fulfill the Word, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen. (TLWA, p 38)