April 24, 2022
Today’s reading: Numbers 15:32-36
The man who gathered sticks
We read in Numbers 15:32-36:
32 Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him.
35 Then the LORD said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So, as the LORD commanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.
In Numbers 15:32-36, we read about the man who gathered sticks on a Sabbath and was punished. He was stoned to death as a judgment from Yahweh.
A lot of Christians today would tell you that if you’re going to keep the Sabbath, you should stone to death those who break it. Since we don’t stone people now, then it follows, we also shouldn’t keep the Sabbath.
Obviously, this is faulty reasoning.
For one, the Bible tells us that it is not only Sabbath-keepers who are stoned to death. Idolatry, being a rebellious son, and sexual immorality are all punishable by death through stoning.
So, if we are going to follow the reasoning of most Christians today, we should also become idolaters, rebellious, and sexually immoral because we don’t stone them anymore today.
Since we are in the New Covenant, we enjoy the benefit of the sacrifice Yahshua has done for us. When we sin, including when we break the Sabbath, we are not immediately killed, but we are given a chance to repent, change our way, and become better Christian.
The story of the man who gathered sticks on the Sabbath gives us a lesson that Yahweh is truly serious about His commandments.
It teaches us that through the sacrifice of the Messiah, we are given the chance to grow in the grace and knowledge of Yahshua.
🔥 To learn more, I highly recommend you read, “Should people be stoned today because of breaking the Sabbath?“
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