February 24, 2007

Sabbath Fire

From Exodus 35:
Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, "These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do: For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
The death penalty for working and not resting! That's how serious this is.
"You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day."
This passage leaves me with a few questions.
  • What about winter time?
  • What is the modern equivalent of fire here?
A strong argument could surely be made the the modern equivalent of fire ... is fire! But what about electricity? That leads to other questions like:
  • What about firing up the laptop on the sabbath?
  • What about my refrigerator using electricity on the Sabbath?
(Who knew there were so many temperature factors related to the Sabbath?)

Not always having answers to questions like these, we can be thankful for Paul who wrote:
One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.
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