June 10th, 2016
The Sabbath Was Created To Be A Spiritual Benefit And Blessing
And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Mark 2:25-28 KJV)
The Sabbath day was created in the beginning by God to be a blessing to mankind rather than for the purpose of strictly keeping the law. The Sabbath was once about mankind’s physical rest and spiritual restoration. Not about religious piety and perceived goodness in keeping the letter of the law or for spending the day according to man’s own self-will.
The Pharisees were interested in discovering and uncovering those professing devout people who dared to cross a fuzzy, but firmly held line, hovering between what was actually rest and what was perceived (by them) as work. Any person, in their narrow view, who crossed this line broke the law. The Pharisees even regarded fighting for a cause or foraging for food a work when done on the Sabbath. They were known for using a fine tooth comb when determining the law for others and for pointing a quick finger against those they determined were breaking the Sabbath law.
Today it seems man is at the opposite end of the spiritual spectrum having little or no regard for observing a day of rest and for worshipping God.
The Sabbath was intended to be a day of rest for mankind rather than for adhering to strictly keeping of the law for ceremonial purposes. Ultimately it is for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to God not living for self.