The enigma of the LORD’s Sabbath



“In the commandments of the divine law, it is foreseen that we shall keep the LORD’s Sabbath: Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD, your GOD; you shall not do any work…” (Exodus 20:8-10). But why has the LORD determined to keep the Sabbath? Why does He say: “Keep my Sabbaths”? Because Sabbath is the day to renew the symbiosis with the LORD, to think about Him more than the other days; Sabbath is the day that He reserved to pour blessings upon the elect, the ones that observe the divine law; the others remain abandoned, orphans of the divine blessing. It is something very subtle, but extremely deep. Those keeping the Sabbath in respect to the LORD are at disposal to receive the blessings that He sheds only on the Sabbath day. But it is not the LORD who needs the Sabbath; indeed, the elect need to renew the symbiosis and receive the LORD’s blessing. This is the theological interpretation of the biblical text and for this reason the LORD always repeats again and again through the mouths of the prophets along the centuries: “Keep my Sabbaths” (Leviticus 26:2).

There is a biblical text where the LORD determined to be stoned until death the ones violating the Sabbath. In Exodus 35:2 it is written: “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy Sabbath of solemn rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death”. And in Numbers 15:32-36: “When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses, Aaron, and to the whole congregation. They put him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. Then the LORD said to Moses, ’The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him outside the camp’. The whole congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death, just as the LORD had commanded Moses”. As there were not penitentiaries at those circumstances and the children of Israel lived as nomads, then the LORD determined to stone the lawbreaker until death, considering the seriousness of violating the Sabbath. Did He determine that only one person would execute the defendant, the executioner would assume the karmic debt of the victim, for this reason He ordered the whole community did it together. Now it must be shocking to hear that GOD ordered to stone someone, but it does not exactly mean that He ordered to stone. He inspired Moses to interpret the law, showing him that this was the solution to be carried out; by obeying the LORD’s commandment, nobody would assume the lawbreaker’s karmic debt. The LORD allowed that a sinister cinematographic spectacle happened to serve as example for the children of Israel and keep peace in the environment , after all an image is worth for a thousand words.

Two thousand years ago, when I allowed the disciples to gather heads of grain on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-12), I told them at the occasion that the Son of Man is Lord of the very Sabbath, hence I had the power and the right to authorize they did something with my approval even being Sabbath. At the current times, an emergency often happens on the Sabbath, then the disciples ask and I allow them to do what is necessary. When I be not on Earth anymore, each one is supposed to organize himself on the other days of the week and respect the LORD’s Sabbath. But it is obvious that rationality, good sense must prevail. If on the Sabbath your brother breaks a leg, you shall take him to the physician; if a woman must bear a son, you can and even must help her. These are the exceptions of the rule, you must act with criterion. One shall not deliberately work on Sabbath without need, without a strong reason. But of course, if a person is obliged to work on the Sabbath as an imposition of the job, one must not feel as if it was a violation of the law.

When Emperor Constantine, on the 4th century, monopolized what had remained from my former church (called the Sect of the Nazarene in its beginning), he determined to substitute the Christians’ day of rest, the Sabbath, for the day of Pagans’ adoration, the Sunday (Dies Solis), as a way for attracting followers and increase the power of the Roman Empire. But to force the Christians to obey such imposition, Constantine had to decree death and extermination towards whom dared keeping the Sabbath; most of the Christians were Jews and had consciousness that they should observe the LORD’s law concerning the Sabbath.

So you may understand why the Jews, the people to whom the LORD had given the holy commandments, are economically and professionally so prosperous, in any country of the world. They strive to observe the LORD’s law and know that thus proceeding will receive the blessing. Those that willingly work on the Sabbath walk backwards and live a spiritual misery, since they are not at disposal to receive the blessings on the LORD’s Sabbath.

Always remember, my children: the peace of the LORD’s House and of the children of Israel was and will always be entreasured in the observance of the LORD’s law”.


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