THE SABBATH IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 12:1. “At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.”

We continue our journey with Jesus through the gospels. At this point Jesus’ disciples plucked ears of corn from a farm during the sabbath day. The Pharisees quickly complained to Jesus about their action. The Lord explained to them why no one should hold his disciples for doing wrong. He gave a number of cases in the old testament about actions of certain people like David and others in the temple, and on sabbath days that should have been described as wrong, yet was not. Was the Lord giving grounds for God’s laws to be broken? No, the people rather did not understand God’s legal system, and therefore what was right or wrong.

The laws of God come under three main categories. The severity of the law depends on the category it falls under. We have laws of ordinance, customary laws and moral laws. The laws of ordinance had to do with issues of festivals, feasts, sabbath days and ceremonies. The customary laws were matters of right foods, dresses, diseases that defiles and things of that nature. Moral laws concerned directly, man and God’s relationship which had to do with issues of defilement, and the acknowledgement of God’s authority over an individual. Example of the moral laws were not to fornicate, not to kill, steal and many more. The moral laws are non-negotiable laws. Not to commit adultery, forever remains so, and cannot be compromised.

The ordinances and customary laws are upheld, so long as the basics rights of the man is not trampled upon. If the observance of a feast means others going hungry, then that feast could be stopped, so the hungry man is fed. The sabbath cannot prevent the healing of a sick man, or carrying a dying person from one point to another for help. These are the basic rights of human existence. (modern day human rights does not understand the spiritual dimension of things, and so it is running on a different tangent)

During a number of encounters with the Pharisees, the Lord rebuked them for their hypocrisies. “The Lord then answered him, and said, thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?” — Luke 13:15. In the light of the above if one is hungry on the sabbath, does he act wrongly by plucking corn to eat? (Note: the issue was not about the right to pluck corn, it was about working on a sabbath day)

God’s moral laws secures the basic rights of a man. When a man commits fornication of any kind, he or she destroys his very being. To worship idols imports devils to fill up your life and ultimately destroys you. “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” — 1 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV)

Please note this: God’s laws are there to preserve men and not to destroy man. This is the reason this LGBT thing will forever remain an abomination, because it attacks the very sanctity of the human person, which God ‘s laws seek to uphold.

CONFESSION

God is good and does all things for our good. His laws preserve our stability and peace. I live to honor him in every way. I observe His laws and that is my peace.

FURTHER STUDIES

Exodus 23:33 (KJV). “They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.” 

Matthew 12:3 (KJV) “But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;”

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