Posted by: biblestudyseattle | September 27, 2016

Sabbath Resting

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.”  Exodus 20:8-11

The point of the Sabbath is to rest, both for our health, but also because YHWH rested on his Sabbath.  The rule is to avoid normal commercial work on that day.  YHWH’s normal work is creation, from which he rested following the creation of Adam and Eve.  It doesn’t mean we can’t walk more than 642 steps.  Such regulations miss the point.  The Pharisees were confused, so Yashua cleared up the matter:

So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules.  But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”  So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.”  John 5:16-18

Of course Jesus did not break the Sabbath, he was referring to work in the sense of doing good.  He only broke their Sabbath rules; the traditions of men.  He did not break the Mosaic Sabbath.  Notice also that the livestock must rest.  This is not only for their health, but it hints at the role animals will play in the Millennium.

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