As sundown approaches, let me offer this Sabbath-related item for some light reading…
Those of us who keep the biblical seventh day Sabbath are often accused of being like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day — as if striving to obey one of God’s commandments is somehow a spiritual crime. The passages in Mark 3:1-6 & Mark 7:1-23 (and their parallel passages) in which Jesus confronts the Pharisees and the scribes on their misunderstanding and misapplication of the Sabbath are often cited, though our critics rarely seem to understand or, at least, explain those passages properly. (E.g., Mark 7 may speak powerfully against Easter, Christmas, and Sunday-keeping, but not against the Sabbath — but that’s a post for another day.)
However, that does not mean that a burden-making approach to the Sabbath does not still exist. Exhibit A: “Dial up with teeth, no Sabbath desecration” — a June 10, 2009 UPI article out of Jerusalem that seems as though it was crafted to illustrate those very passages.
Feel free to check it out by clicking on the link, and have a wonderful Sabbath. (And for those who will be traveling Sunday to our Living Church of God pre-teen camp, be careful!)