Religion and the Sabbath/Sunday Worship Part 10 C: Jews and Gentiles
Why Did Jesus Heal on the Sabbath of rest? Is breaking the Sabbath command a sin? Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath according to the Scripture. Jesus responded to his accusers about working on Sabbath; “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Jesus gave a reason and we have to understand Jesus’ standard which is the possible exception to excuse missing the day of worship. When a boy fell unto the pit on Sabbath, do you still have to wait for the next day to rescue the boy? Same about the ox who was separated from the flock, would you wait for the next day to find it. The use of common sense must be applied to avoid sin as suggested from those examples.
Failure to observe Sabbath is disrespectful and is considered a sin either by observing the Jewish Shabbat (Friday sunset to Saturday nightfall). On the seventh day Christians, for example, the Adventist and Sabbath Baptist or Christians Sunday Sabbath or the Lord’s Day. The Sabbath means rest (refrain from working) and to remember to worship Him, our Creator, the Lord Almighty Sabbath is for the LORD, giving Him thanks for all the things He has done well for us, worship Him as His desires is like fellowshipping with Him in Spirit. Adam and Eve did it in the garden. God is a Spirit and likewise, we should worship Him in Spirit and Truth in our domain.
When Jesus was asked which commandment is the greatest, he responded as stated in Matthew 22:37: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…the second is like, unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Bible Verses that support Sabbath Day that Jesus and the Apostles respected all their lives.
Gospel of Luke
Jesus was brought up in Nazareth and as his custom, he went to the synagogue on Sabbath days—Luke 4:16. Also in the gospel of Luke, while Jesus was teaching in the synagogue on Sabbath day, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years, bent over, and could in no way raise herself. Jesus laid his hand on her and the woman was healed from the spirit of infirmity—Luke 13:10-16. Again in Luke’s gospel, on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields Jesus’s disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands, which is already defined as a piece of work—Luke 6:1. This is where Jesus claimed, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”— Luke 6:5. The women that visited Jesus’ tomb went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment—Luke 23:56
Gospel of Matthew
Matthew 12:1-14—After the grainfield encounter with the Pharisees, Jesus and the Apostles left and went into their synagogue. They saw man who had a withered hand and asked Jesus “if it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath” in other words the man asked Jesus to heal him but because of the law on Sabbath that might prevent Jesus to heal him. Jesus knew the need of the man and he responded “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Jesus mentioned David and those with him when they were hungry, they entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for them to eat, that is only reserved for the priests and he added “that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless, Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Jesus is telling us that doing good should not be put aside, mercy must be above sacrifice. What more can we say but follow the work of Jesus to have open arms to help the needy.
One thing is very clear doing good deeds any day of the week is acceptable as we learned that everything good is from God, but those who teach lawlessness will be the least in the kingdom of heaven, but for those who are rightly dividing the word of truth and teaches their listeners without shame will be great in the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 5:17-19
The Gospel of Mark recorded a question—”Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” This clarifies the ambiguity of the Sabbath restriction. Doing good deeds gets a reward of joyful feelings and it represents the great work of the living God. Doing nothing to help others when they could is the nature of those who prefer to serve the prince of the air — Mark 3:2-4
John recorded Moses’ law on circumcision; as we all know that circumcision in our time is not about the law of Moses but hygiene, because it is healthier for a person to be circumcised; therefore, if a man is circumcised on Sabbath day and it is good for many reasons, availability of the surgeon, condition of the body and so on. The law of Moses does not apply to Jews. We should apply what Paul said about it—“We are not under the law but grace”- John 7:22-23
We keep God’s commandments not because of fear but love because He loves us so much and His mercy and grace keep us to survive these life challenges. When we claim that we know God, we should abide by what He commands us to do and His commandment is not burdensome. 1 John 2:4-6; 5;2.
Whoever sins also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness — 1 John 3:4
God is all in all.