“And He answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fall into a pit and will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” (Luke 14:5 MKJV)
Question: If God reigns supreme over all things, and is Lord of the Sabbath, and if He would have man to rest on the Sabbath, why does He permit an ox to fall in a pit on that day and require someone to rescue it?
He demonstrates that He is not expecting a legalistic reaction from us.
He teaches us that the Sabbath is not to rule and bind us, but is made for us.
He teaches us that we can choose to do the right thing on the Sabbath, as at any time.
He tries us to see if we will do the right thing and put aside our needs (in this case the need of rest) for the sake of a creature in need of help.
He demonstrates principles of worship and service and mercy.
He gives us lessons in priorities.
If an ox is so unfortunate as to not have rest on the Sabbath, and we are commanded that our ox rest with us, how then may we leave it in its trouble and rest at the same time?
That is why He will send an ox to the pit on the Sabbath.
September 23, 2009
If you follow the Fourth Commandment of God, you have life. What and whose commandment are you following by keeping Sunday? Shall you have life following the law of a pagan ruler threatening death if you don't obey him?
Because God’s commandments are promises, it doesn’t mean we don’t have to try to comply with them. It only means we can’t pretend to fulfill His commandments in our own power, which is to deny His promise, His blood, His Person, and Reality.
Some religious people rightly acknowledge the keeping of the Sabbath as part of God's eternal Law, but suggest the day it's kept has changed. This we refute by the letter and the Spirit of the Law.