(I think this was just too good to be left for a comment on someone else’s (Sharp Iron) blog…)
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
( Ex Ch 20)
I read this as the 4th Commandment of the Ten – It makes it fairly clear what we are to keep holy and why.
Our week has for over three thousand years been based upon a seven day week which repeats ad infinitum. Each day is dedicated to a different ‘God’ (courtesy of the Greeks, Romans, and Viking/Goth conquerors of England). That opens a whole new area of discussion in itself – Who today realises that Friday (Frigg’s Day) is named after the goddess Frigg whose Roman equivalent is Venus, hence in Europe and other places Friday is known as Vendredi, but i digress…
We base our time recording today upon the Jewish system of days/weeks as recorded in Genesis and as modified to fit into months (moonths) and a true Solar year by the Romans and Catholic Pope (Gregory X111). Catholic ‘Christian’ doctrine decided that they should not be seen as following a small religious sect’s practices and so changed the Holy Day for all Romans and ultimately the Western World ( with very few exceptions) from the True Sabbath – Saturday the seventh day of the week as understood by the Jews and Christ – to their own ‘false’ Sabbath, the first day of the week – Sunday! (Justified by the fact that God was all important above the commercial affairs of Man and so deserved to have the First Day of the week reserved in His honour – which is why we now mostly pray in Church on a Sunday morning.
So now we know the Law and why we pervert it (a tad).
What does the Spirit tell us?
That we should carry God and Jesus in our hearts always, not just one day of the week? Of course!
Does that mean that anyone living in a so-called God-fearing country should do any work on a Saturday? Or a Sunday if we all reach consensus on the reason for changing the actual sabbath. I don’t see how? Without breaking the 4th commandment??
Should commerce/ commercial wealth override the Commandment of our Lord God???
I of course raise this point as a fellow commandment breaker myself so help me out of my ’sin’ – Please?
Oh – as the sabbath is actually a holy day of rest it includes any day (some ten or so each Jewish solar year on average (Yes! I do know the Jewish calendar was lunar based but they significantly altered every couple of years or so, unlike ours, so as to keep roughly in line with the Sun and four seasons) which were dedicated festivals upon which no work was done either. We pay lip service only to these in our so-called national Holi-days when large numbers of us are choosing to ignore God’s Commandment Number 4 for mostly economic reasons.
Maybe we need to think hard upon who we truly serve and decide it is time to stand up for Him?
I LOVE playing Devil’s Advocate;-)
As Christians we should be subject to BOTH the Spirit AND the Law, but treat the Law with wisdom if it leads us to commit error against the Spirit.
I would love to hear what justification can be offered for breaking this Law ( keep the Sabbath) that is of the Spirit .
Moses and Genesis made it clear that God Himself rested to admire his handiwork and to recover from his Labours. It does not on the other hand make it clear he went back to labouring again the following day while suggesting that we should 🙂
What may not be so widely known is Leviticus Ch 25 which requires the Children of God (Israelites) to work their land for 6 years and let it rest for the 7th – Yep! – the Land (God’s land) gets to take a sabbath as well – a whole year long! (days are often used as synonyms for years in the Bible)
Scripture seems to be trying pretty hard to get us humans to recognise that taking a regular rest break is fairly important – God-like even : )
Why are we working so hard to work so hard?
By all means keep God in your heart and mind while you labour – but take a break every seven and dedicate the day to Him, not your boss at work or your earthly desire for wealth. And Bosses – hear what God is telling His Children – that means YOU Mr ‘I’m-a-good-christian’ President.
Maybe if more farmers took a leaf out of Leviticus our food would once again give us the nutrients we need without having to take supplement pills and perhaps we might not suffer so much drought and flood.
If we believe the word of God anyway?
or is it simply a matter of interpretation? 🙂