January 12, Matthew 12
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Read Matthew chapter 12.
Working on the Sabbath. That statement brings up a lot of different images. There were times and places in our country where it was against the local laws to work on Sunday. Some people may remember “blue laws”, which were in effect on Sunday but had little to do with recognizing the Sabbath. Blue laws were supposed to protect the small shop owner who may desire to go to worship, and close shop on Sunday, where as the large department stores remained open. Blue laws and Sabbath laws here in the US are pretty much a thing of the past. In reality it is impractical to set aside a single universal Sabbath day for everyone. When the lights go out, or the sewers back up, we would realize quite quickly why someone needs to work every day. Just not the same people.
So the question comes; What constitutes work? I believe that it is the motivation behind what you are doing.
If pressing a button on an elevator is work then tying your shoes, must be hard labor. You can swing too far either way. Jesus made a point of doing “work” on the Sabbath, but again the motivation. We are told specifically that if our donkey falls in a hole we should get it out.
We all need time to rest. We all need time with God too but unfortunately getting that point across to the modern world can be difficult. It becomes a faith and trust issue, if you labor every day because you do not believe that you can make ends meet, then there is no trust in God. He told us to work six days, and take one to rest, and to trust Him. The simple test is this;, am I doing this for a profit? If that answer is yes, then it is work. Am I doing this because my neighbor cannot? Then that is Love. They will know us by our Love.