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Sabbath and the work of God

29 Mar 2017, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Events

The relationship between Sabbath and Sunday has been an issue among very few Christians, even though many who have no issue with it do not really know much about this relationship. I posted an article about this relationship some time ago; I don’t intend to repeat it here but look at Sabbath and God’s work.

In many chapters of the bible, particularly the New Testament, it is obvious that the Jews and the Pharisees hated Jesus Christ simply because they saw him as a lawbreaker. Many of Jesus’ miracles were worked on the Sabbath, and it was against Jewish law. No work was to be done on the Sabbath because it was the day of rest, for God rested that day after his work of creation and hallowed it. I am not against this rest but the Jewish understanding of this rest.

I strongly believe that the Jews confused the Genesis Sabbath law of rest with the work of God; according to them, nothing is to be done at all. So, they had a problem with Jesus because he worked on Sabbath. But we must remember the words of Lord himself; My Father is working still, and I am working (Jn. 5:17). Jesus made this statement when he was accused of breaking the Sabbath law just because he healed a sick man by the side of a pool in Jerusalem called Bethzatha. He makes us understand that the work of God continues in him and us. The Genesis Sabbath may mark the end of creation but does not stop the continuous healing and renewing of creation. God will not rest from work,’ My Father is working still, and I am working. If God should rest from work in our lives for a day, only God knows what the devil would do. God is continuously at work, even on the sabbath.’

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