Brief Sermon Notes: Sabbath Legalism
Jan. 22, 2023 (1st day of 11th biblical month)
Brief Notes only.
It's important to listen to the entire sermon audio because there's a lot of very important things said that are not in the notes.
-Jesus picked wheat on the Sabbath, which the Pharisees, the expert of law, considered as breaking the Sabbath.
-David ate of the sacred bread reserved for only the priests.
-Lord of The Sabbath.
ALL 3 points that I remembered, are in the same passage! I didn't know that it would be until I searched for the scripture and found all 3 in the same passage!
Luke 14:1-6 Pulling person, car or ox out of the ditch/well/hole on the Sabbath day.
Pulling an ox out of a bad situation would be a lot of work!
Yesterday, on the 7th day, I was speaking to brother Jared about a plan to eventually sometime in the future, make a path way of rocks in the side of our yard where grass refuses to grow and is always extremely muddy. I said that we would need to get some wood to put on the side of the path to prevent the rocks from being washed away down the hill.
Immediately after this conversation, we walked from the yard onto the front porch and sat down and I looked over and saw across the street a stack of nice wood! I couldn't believe my eyes! I knew immediately that we had to go grab this wood before someone else gets it. It was being thrown away and it is probably over $200 worth of wood. We went across the street and checked with the property owner to ensure that the wood is being thrown away and they confirmed that we could have it. We immediately grabbed the wood and brought it back with us to the house. With both brother Jared and myself and the help of our car, we were able to get all of the wood very easily and very quickly. It didn't take much energy, time or effort. It wasn't work for money. It wasn't work for another person. It wasn't an attempt at eventually receiving any money or employment. It wasn't interfering with sabbath worship or a day of rest.
Instead, it was seizing the blessings and provisions being granted to us by Jesus.
If we had delayed, it would had been taken by other neighbors or other men driving by. This is an absolute fact that I am 100% sure of. It would not had been there tomorrow. We had to get it right there and then as an emergency seizure of blessings.
Manna was promised to be there every day. I didn't have any promises of this expensive wood being there tomorrow. I had to exercise wisdom and quick judgment, which is the responsibility of a leader. Leaders can't sit and think about every decision for hours or days. There's a time when a decision must be made immediately and I am confident that I have God's approval on this decision to grab the wood before anyone else grabs it.
Many Old Covenant laws, including limits on picking up sticks and starting fires were extra laws added onto the people because of their disobedience to keeping the Sabbath and other laws. God never meant for the Sabbath to be a burden, or troublesome, or difficult, or a restriction against hot food, or warmth on a cold day. Such troubles resulted because of extra rules that were added because the people needed extra rules to get them under control. Even in the same way that prisoners and children need extra rules after a violation.
(But the law of the Sabbath and all other 10 Commandments, Holy Day and tithes all existed before Moses was even born. We see those laws in effect in Genesis 26:5 Abraham kept God's laws and commandments. Sabbaths, tithes, commandments, holy days, were all part of the original law taught to Adam and Eve.)
1 Timothy 1:1-10 The Law is not for the righteous, but for the sinner.
This doesn't mean that law doesn't exist.
And it's not license for the righteous to sin, or else they wouldn't be righteous.
Romans 6:1-2 Shall we continue in sin so grace may abound? No!
“There are exceptions to the law” and the explanation of running the red light or stop sign when necessary, Is what I heard when I checked the audio of our 24/7 broadcast tonight, when I came downstairs to the office to begin working on the sermon. It was part of the recorded sermon about the Maccabees, who also decided to fight on the Sabbath when necessary.
Orthodox Jews and some Hebrew Roots Torah cults don't even turn on electrical lights or drive a car on the 7th day. This is extreme legalism.
Warning: Shouldn't be used as an excuse to work every Sabbath day. The Sabbath is the Sabbath. It's the commanded and appointed day to rest and worship and gather. The type of exceptions to the Sabbath that I am talking about is just a few minutes. Not 4 hours or 8 hours.
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