Sabbath Do’s and Don’ts

Doing the Lord pleasure rather than thine own pleasure (Isaiah 58:13-14)

Refrain from conducting business/commerce such as buying, and selling, that is shopping and making money (Jeremiah 17:19-27; Amos 8:4-7;  Nehemiah 13:15-22)

Note that in Exodus 35:2-3 it says no fire is to be kindled.  In my view that has to do with the amount of work that had to be done in that day to create and sustain a fire.  In the land of Israel one expects that temperatures were warm year round so this creation and sustainment of fire most likely only applied to cooking food as no fire was needed then for keeping the home warm. In  modern times to cook all one has to do is turn on the microwave or put food in the oven or on top of the stove and flip a switch or turn a dial.   That does not require work at all.  Of course, some folks can spend hours in the kitchen fixing certain types of meals and move that into qualifying as work.  But if one says kindling fire means no fire at all that would mean one could not even heat the food in a microwave today; to me that is not the kind of work the scripture speaks on.  In any case, Exodus 25:3 is an ordinance that implements the commandment not to work on the sabbath.  And ordinances are nailed to the cross per Col 2:15 yet the commandment to worship and rest at least one day a week is not nailed to the cross for the commandment is about faith. It is about a person having faith that God can provide on six days of work.  It is about  a business owner having faith that God can provide on six days a week so he does not have to make his employees work seven days a week.  The commandment to have faith in God is a foundational commandment and is still in effect.  Indeed, a commandment declares God’s standard, that which God expects of humankind.  Anyone who thinks God does not expect faith of us does not know God at all.


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