As I am confronted by the Fourth Commandment, I am convicted not about Sabbath keeping, but about the Lord’s Day breaking. I am convicted that as I read the fourth commandment, that Israel’s responsibility to keep the Sabbath was, if anything, less important and the church’s responsibility to observe the Lord’s Day more important. It is not mere ceremony. It is to be that day anticipated and longed for. It is not an imposition. It is to be our confidence that if we can only survive the week, if we can only arrive at the Lord’s Day, we shall be with God’s people together. We can survive imperial imposition. We can survive the drudgery of what appears to be meaningless labor. We can survive persecution and trial. We can endure sickness and death–if only we can arrive at the Lord’s Day to be with God’s people together.
How pale and tepid and weak, how compromising and conflicted appears our thought of the Lord’s Day. I offer no tables or lists. It is not a Sabbath; it is the central Christian institution for our worship and gathering. It is distinct from other days; it is set apart for worship.
Are there things we ought not to do on the Lord’s Day? Certainly there are. Anything that would detract from our worship should not be done on the Lord’s Day. Anything that would rob the Lord’s Day of priority worship should not be done. Anything that would be on our minds when we are worshipping, as if we can only get done with this in order to do that, is a matter of sin, no matter what it is. . . .
Israel was called to obey the Fourth Commandment and to “observe the Sabbath.” The church is called to find rest in Christ and to give ourselves to worship on the day that marks His resurrection from the dead.
– R. Albert Mohler, Jr.,
Words from the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the Ten Commandments