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Sabbath or Sunday Worship Part 10B Series

Religion and the Sabbath – Sunday Worship Part 10B- Jesus and the Apostles

Remember, don’t let anyone deceive you by promising power and glory which is deceitful according to their evil nature.   Promising something they can’t do, their wickedness is temporal, and are doomed in the lake of fire, better yet, submit to the Holy One with eternal promise and receive everlasting life and joy that never lasts. 

The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning rest and almost all nations of the world have a weekend rest which is either Saturday or Sunday. The majority of the countries throughout the world work on Saturdays and take Sundays off, while others have both Saturday and Sunday rest that give more time spent with the family and time for God. Before the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Sabbath day is dedicated in commemoration of God’s day of rest after He finished the six days of creation and rest the seventh day.  This is the sign of God’s relationship with His people. The seventh day is a holy day ordained by God for His people to rest from daily labors and time to fellowship with Him. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sins are contrary to the law commanded by God.   

The fourth Commandment of God says to refrain from work on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11).  In the New Testament, Jesus’  disciples got hungry and plucked some grains and ate it as they walked through a field.  This gave the religious leaders the chance to accuse Jesus, and the apostles of breaking the Sabbath although their main purpose was to get Jesus in trouble.

The full text of the commandment they were accused of violating reads as follows: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God.” Jesus and the apostles disregarded the 4th commandment of God and therefore gave accusers ground to accuse Jesus of being the leader of the group that violated the law.  Jesus came in defense of his apostles who did the labor of plucking the grains and said: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).

Every Jewish follower of the Law in ancient Israel knew this command: do not work on the Sabbath, respect the LORD’s day. No excuses.

This brings us to the question of why Jesus healed people on the Sabbath day.  When Jesus was asked which commandment is the greatest, his response as recorded 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.” In these two commandments, Jesus did not mention rest days from labor on Sabbath. To all intent and purposes, Jesus worked on Shabbat to heal people. When asked if it was lawful to heal on Shabbat (Matthew 12:10) He replied: “What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? Jesus healed a man who had been unable to walk for 38 years (John 5:1-18). Jesus Heals a Man with a Wicked Spirit: Mark 1:21-28 and John 4:31-36, Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-In-Law: Matthew 8:14-15 Mark 1:29-31 Luke 4:38-39, Christ Restores the Withered Hand of a Man: Matthew 12:9-13 Mark 3:1-6 Luke 6:6-11, Jesus Restores a Blind Man’s Vision: John 9:1-12, Christ Heals a Crippled Woman: Luke 13:10-17 and, Christ Heals a Man with a Dropsy: Luke 14:1-6.

On Sabbath day when he entered the synagogue and teach not as the scribes. Mark 1:21-22. The accusers also work on Sabbath and Jesus made this comment: “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?” Luke 13:15.” Christ also made his accusers aware that he knew they also work on Sabbath. This exposes the Pharisees’ hypocrisy who worship standing so they will be noticed.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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