Summary: Is Sabbath important? People say Sabbath is no longer relevant. Sunday is now the day of worship. What are you suppose to do on Sabbath?
-- Picking Oranges from Trees --
Have you picked an lemon or persimmon from a tree branch that hangs over the wall? Or walked next to orange orchard and pick a orange because it is hanging over the fence?
There is a law in Israel that allows people that is passing by or the poor to pick-up wheat and barley from the corners of the field or wheat that has dropped on the ground from the harvesters. The story of Ruth was all about helping the poor by allowing them to harvest the dropped wheat.
-- Harvesting on the Sabbath --
So it was with Jesus. Jesus and his disciples were spending a quit afternoon walking through the countries side. It was the time of harvest. As the sun rose toward noon, the disciples picked some wheat and rubbed the cornels so they have a bit to eat.
They must of been talking about something important as they forgot it was Sabbath.
Well, there were some Pharisees nearby that saw this. The Pharisees approached Jesus to confront him of this.
"Why are you allowing your disciples to harvest on the Sabbath? Don't you know that you are not suppose to work on the Sabbath?"
Jesus' replied by saying: "The Sabbath was made for men and not men for the Sabbath."
Many believe that by saying this, Jesus nullified the Sabbath restrictions. We can do most anything we want on this day.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we should understand the Sabbath well. At first, I was under the impression that most people sitting here know all about the Sabbath, but I found that to be untrue. So I decided to address some of the issues that I see about the Sabbath.
When I think about the Sabbath three main questions come to mind. I shall attempt answer them but first let us remind ourselves of the origins of the Sabbath.
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-- God's Date --
Six thousand years ago, God and Adam set a date. God told Adam that He will come down to spend time with him every evening and on seventh-day of every week. On that day, Adam did not have to work but rather take the day off to spend time with God. Let's read it for yourself:
Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Genesis 2:1-3 NKJV)
So God made this day holy or a day to worship Him.
8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:8-9 NKJV)
That was the beginning of the human race's relationship with God. Our ancestors stood God up.
-- Sin --
After sin, Adam and Eve was not able to walk with God any more. They were sinful and God's glory would have killed him instantly. But God did not abandon them. Every Sabbath, they were to come to the gate of their old Garden home and worship there.