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Stepping on the Sabbath

Posted on February 09, 2017
Stepping on the Sabbath
Are the Ten Commandments a treasure to you?

The earliest known stone version of the Ten Commandments recently sold at an auction for $850,000. The 115-pound marble slab was discovered by workmen in 1913 while building a railroad station near Yavne in Israel. Since then the artifact, deemed a “national treasure” by Israel, has been through several hands.

Archaeologists have identified the rare two-foot-square stone as a “Samaritan Decalogue,” one of only five such inscriptions from the late Roman-Byzantine era. It most likely adorned a Samaritan synagogue. The workmen who found it sold the treasure to a man who used it as a threshold in his home with the inscription facing up. Foot traffic eventually wore its surface down, but the blurred letters are still legible.

The Ten Commandments are still a treasure and always will be sacred to those who desire to tread in the ways of the Lord. Joshua reminded Israel, “Take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5).

Sadly, there is one commandment that regularly gets trampled underfoot. The Lord said, “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:13, 14).

Stepping on the fourth commandment is more than physically placing your foot on a stone inscription. It means to dishonor God’s holy day by doing your own business activities on the Sabbath. You can also walk on the fourth commandment by following the traditions of mankind instead of keeping the seventh day holy.

You can make the most of the Ten Commandment treasure by finding out more about the biblical Sabbath. Clicking here now to get started.
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