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The Bridge in God’s Law

The Bridge in God’s Law

The people of Northern Italy have endured a catastrophic failure of a major bridge in the city of Genoa. The viaduct’s purpose was to connect the country’s interior with major seaports that distribute much of the region’s imported goods to retailers and other businesses. It also provided a way for thousands of workers and vacationers to reach outlying coastal towns each week.

But during a torrential rainstorm, more than 600 feet of the bridge broke off, falling nearly 150 feet to the ground and taking more than 30 vehicles down with it. In the aftermath, about 15 people were rescued from the wreckage, while more than 40 were found dead.

Experts said the bridge, constructed nearly fifty years ago, had outlived its lifespan long ago. Government officials now say the overpass will need its entire infrastructure renovated at the cost of billions of dollars. But this is not the first time a bridge has failed in Italy in recent history. In 2016 and 2017, smaller bridges collapsed, admittedly without such devastating loss of life. Yet these warning signs and other reports of deeper underlying safety issues in Italy’s roadways were largely ignored by government officials, and it has now cost them dearly.

A Spiritual Lesson
A vital bridge in the Christian faith also appears to be on the verge of collapse despite urgent warnings in the Bible, and as a result, many will soon face an overpowering spiritual crisis in their lives. While most believers understand that God’s Word and His commandments are key in our daily walk, many of them ignore the vital link that unites it all together—the seventh-day Sabbath.

God’s law is divided into two distinct parts, as evidenced by the two tablets of stone (Exodus 34:1). The first four commandments point out our duties to God, while the last six identify our responsibilities to our fellow humans.

However, the Sabbath commandment, placed in the heart of the law, also serves as a bridge that connects these two parts of God’s Ten Commandments. Let’s take a look:

“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” (Exodus 20:8–11).

This commandment begins with our duty to God—to remember His Sabbath day—while acknowledging the work we do to earn our daily bread the other six days of the week. But notice that while beginning with our duty to God regarding the seventh day, the fourth commandment transitions to our duty to our fellow man by requiring that we allow those “within [our] gates” to also rest on the seventh day, whatever their station in worldly affairs. There is no exclusivity insinuated here; the Sabbath was designed for every member of the human family.

Jesus powerfully summarized the Ten Commandments when He said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30, 31).

The Sabbath commandment is about loving God and loving others.

Jesus emphasized the ongoing importance of the Sabbath and its connection between God and man when He declared, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27, 28). Observing the seventh-day Sabbath demonstrates our loyalty to Christ and our concern for our fellow man as equals in the kingdom of grace.

But today, most of the world has lost this connection because the bridge has been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair in our hearts—and it has resulted in a deepening disrespect for God as Creator and the value of human life. God is looking for people who will be faithful to His Word and who will share this truth with those around them in these perilous times. An unsafe bridge advertising a false god has been constructed to deceive believers and unbelievers alike, but it is about to collapse, exposing the liar who built it. It is our role as Christians to reveal the true bridge, the seventh-day Sabbath, so those teetering on the false bridge will come to safety!

Isaiah foretold our day when he said, “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach. …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 58:12–14).

Are you willing to step out to repair the breach in God’s law? Click here for an amazing resource about the Sabbath that you can share with friends and direct them to the bridge.