Lenten Blog – 03/04/2018
Happy Sabbath Day! Our Old Testament reading for this weekend has been the 10 Commandments from Exodus chapter 20. One of them is: remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. This was misunderstood in Jesus day.
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:23-28)
What is work? The definition some had gone by was doing anything that resembled work. Jesus gave more flexibility in how we understand what work is and what the Sabbath is meant to be. For the farmer working in their fields is work. But to the office worker working in your yard with various flowers and plants is recreation.
What Jesus changed was that the Sabbath day was meant to be a time to rest and reflect on the love and grace of God. Some because of their occupations have to change the day of Sabbath, yet we all need rest and even more, we need the blessings and grace of God in Christ Jesus. May that permeate your life every Sabbath day and going forth into all eternity.
In Christ’s Service,