on Sabbath Keeping.
of questions on the Sabbath recently.
Let me give you a flavour of just a few of them:
writes – how can I persuade people that it is wrong to take baths or
showers on the Sabbath?
writes – Is marriage appropriate on the Sabbath?
asks – how about web-commerce – that is a 24/7 operation.
Isn’t that breaking the Sabbath?
year old Jeremy writes – the Bible says to “remember” the
Sabbath – that doesn’t mean we have to take part in keeping it.
C Crowe writes -- I'm
a nurse and my hospital requires that all nurses must work either
Christmas or New Year day. My problem is both are on the Sabbath. Can
I work since it is a healing profession?
Summery of answer:
will only keep the Sabbath properly if we remember who the God of the
Sabbath is. Ex. 20:1-3
points out he is the all powerful God who redeems from slavery – far
more powerful than the myriad gods of the Egyptians.
The premise turns all the commandments from rules to responses.
If he is so great I would not want to worship any other god,
take his name in vain etc.
2:1-3 and Exodus 20:8-11 point out that God set aside a special time
for remembering. This is a
particular blessing God has given to us to help keep us close to him.
58:13-14 points out that when we have this relationship right we will
call the day “a delight” – it will be such a blessing to us.
It also reminds us that this is a day when we are freed from
the burdens and pressures of the every day work life.
A day when we do not go about our normal every day business.
56:1-7 points out that it is a day of relationship and a day when the
outcasts (foreigner and eunuch) are made whole
2:27-28 makes it clear that the Sabbath is a blessing for us, not a
curse. It is there for our benifit.
12:10-13, Luke 13:10 and John 9 are all examples of Jesus healing on
the Sabbath, turning it from a day of rigid legalism to a day of joy,
a day of healing others and a day above all where we love our
From these principles it is then possible for us to decide for
ourselves the way that the Sabbath can be a blessing for both us and those
we come into contact with.
there is no audio answer available for these questions but I thought it
worth still posting this on the web.)
questions: Sex on Sabbath, Christ,
the law and the Sabbath, Keeping two
Sabbaths, Sunday and the
Resurrection, Saturday as a holiday,
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