Modern illustration of Mark 3 & 7

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!)

6 thoughts on “Modern illustration of Mark 3 & 7

  1. Terri

    I have a friend who is, for lack of a better word, “puzzled” by my family and our religion. During a recent visit, she asked some questions, such as, “Are you allowed to do dishes on the Sabbath.” I explained to her that we don’t have a list of rules, that keeping the Sabbath holy is a matter of the spirit. If the spirit, heart and mind desire to keep the Sabbath as holy time, the physical falls into the right place.

  2. Thatsteveguy

    I remember staying in a Jerusalem hotel several years ago. On the weekly Sabbath the hotel would disable the elevators from going floor to floor. Rather the elevators would skip floors requiring the user to either walk up or down a flight of stairs to access the floor he/she was staying on if the elevator did not stop directly on that floor. The theory being was the elevator was “working” if it went from floor to floor but by breaking up the “work routine” it was no longer “working”, on Saturday’s the elevators were refered to as “Shabat Elevators” and at sunset were restored to their common function. I remember chuckling to myself thinking of that explaination the desk clerk had told me earlier in the day as I walked up the flight of stairs to my room floor on that Sabbath.

  3. For me, it’s not so hard to believe. Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (like Pharisaic Judaism, of which it is the linear heir) so misunderstands what “work” is and is not with regard to the Sabbath that many Gentiles (and many Jews too) want nothing to do with the Sabbath.

  4. Some family members were puzzled by our religion, asking questions, similar to what Terri talked about. My brother and I would give them simple explanations without making a big deal of it.

    Over time? What I’ve noticed? They’ve been adopting some COG practices, like avoiding unclean meats, resting on the Sabbath, and so on. I don’t believe it was our influence, however. One relative was telling me some stuff that we never talked about. Where did he get that from? I just leave it alone.

    While they’ve adopted some COG practices, they’re very secular about it. I’m not sure what to make of that. Figure that I’ll leave it alone.

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