"One interesting thought though is that in Luke 14:1-6 it says"And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him again to these things." and in James2:10 it says, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
I think that though it was very serious in Moses time to break the sabbath day, it is also important to do what needs done on the sabbath. Jesus healed people and others collected food when they were hungry. If we try to follow the law completely we will always fall short but if we obey the new commandment in John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." then I believe that we will know how to honour the sabbath as we should. Jesus did not stop doing good or showing His love for others because it was the sabbath, even if that meant to work.Personally I take a day of rest if I can as a gift from God for myself as I rejeuvanate for my week. Just as God himself took a day of rest from creating the universe not because He had to but because he wanted to rest. Just my thoughts on the subject. "
I wholeheartedly agree with you. We are not bound by the law because we have been freed through Christ's blood. My reasoning for posting this scripture was to show just how important the Sabbath is to the Lord. I believe that this man's sin was not in collecting wood but that it was breaking the law in general, he was too lazy to collect extra wood the day before. If we can organize our lives so that we are able to do all that we can in the week to enable us to fully rest on the sabbath, I think this would greatly honour our God. This is something that I am working toward and I look forward to seeing what it does for our family and fellowship!
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