No one wants God to get angry, so a thoughtful reading of Sabbath scriptures was due. For a time we even attended a Friday night service hosted by a Messianic Jewish brother, and considered purchasing a talith prayer shawl like Jesus wore.
So a proper Biblical day began at sunset and a new day began the following day at sunset.
(*convocation: means a public meeting, rehearsal, assembly)
This sounds good so far, and we will get some more on this as we study.
–Ex. 13:21 Many “oohs” and “ahhs” were heard at this time in the camp of Israel, and the word “WOW!” was invented to express awe.
“PRAISE GOD!!” –cried the Israelites and they celebrated joyously as the final bubbles surfaced over the watery grave of Pharaoh and Co. “AND NO MORE TAXES!”
So in Exodus chapter 16, God gave them some correction, and got a little more direct with them about the sabbath too: Ex 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath to the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe
When “all the people saw the thunderings, and lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. “
God had only got as far as giving the Ten Commandments when this happened, so after the dust settled, He and Moses got back to work up there on Mt. Sinai, and the rest of the folks got back to their sports, games, and small talk about their neighbors and the weather.
All in all, it is quite a list but it was the best deal they could get out there in the wilderness and God had the keys to the food supply.
It began on sunset Friday, (that was before Friday was invented, back then they only had numbers). And the new interpretation (from God Himself) of the 3 month old Sabbath rules went like this:
Ex 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
And do not make sabbath breakers of the “waitress”, or the chef in the restaurant that you used to visit after Sabbath before you read this.
Ex 31:15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Now there’s some strong incentive to be Sabbath-careful! Keep that in mind when you read the next one!:
(*means consume, to burn, or heat.) You know, like the heater or house furnace, your car’s engine that burns gas, or the blow dryer for your hair.
No plowing, planting, pruning so with that death penalty, we recommend not pruning the lawn either, just in case. Even the ground itself got a vacation.
34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. They put him in JAIL for sticks on the Sabbath?
35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.
About this time you may be thinking, “this Sabbath thing is pretty scary and they sure didn’t explain all those OTHER Sabbath scriptures to me very well.”
If you thought that you are CORRECT! And if you thought observing the Sabbath only meant driving over to a meeting Friday night or Saturday morning you were WRONG!
Remember, when Christ and the early church apostles came along, they knew those verses. All of them, death penalty and taking a year off from farming included.
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