Many and varied are the opportunities of a Seventh-day Adventist minister to magnify the commandments of God. It is rare indeed to find a church today with these sacred words in evidence, yet God has instructed His servants again and again to hold His great standard of truth and right before the people.
There is no visual aid which I use more frequently than the Ten Commandments, painted in large letters on plywood, resembling two tables of stone. One of its dramatic features is evidenced during a sermon on the change of the Sabbath or the mark of the beast, when the climax is reached concerning man's tampering with God's law. I pull the fourth commandment out of the law, revealing S-U-ND-A-Y in its place. This speaks boldly of man's attempted substitution, As I stand beside the law holding the fourth commandment and pointing to the substitution, I ask the question, "Is this NOW God's law?" Amplifying this thought, I use such texts as Mark 7:7 and Matthew 15:3, 9, 13.
In making this appeal, I ask the audience, "Do you wish the law to remain in this tampered condition? Remember Christ says, 'In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.' No, of course not ! Then let us restore the fourth commandment to its rightful place, not only here in the law before our eyes, but also in our own hearts, letting Jesus our Saviour write it there."