07 July 2009

A man gathering sticks on the sabbath day

This one is pretty simple.

A man is caught gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.
While the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day. Numbers 15.32
The people ask Moses what to do about it.
They … brought him unto Moses and Aaron … because it was not declared what should be done to him. 15.33-34
God tells Moses that everyone must stone the Sabbath breaker to death.
The LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones. 15.35
So that's what they do.
All the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses. 15.36
Immediately after the stoning, God gets down to some more important business -- like instructing the people on how to make fringes on their garments.
The LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue. 15.37-38
You see, God wants us to put fringes on our garments so that when we see the purple fringes we'll say to ourselves, "Oh yeah, I'm supposed to follow all of God's laws."
It shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them. 15.39a
That way, when we see someone working on the Sabbath, we'll remember to stone him or her to death, on the spot, instead of following our own heart.
That ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes. 15.39b
People who follow their hearts seldom stone people to death.

God's next killing: The opposing party is buried alive (along with their families)

9 comments:

Brian_E said...

But if I walk around in a garment with purple fringes, then everyone will think I'm gay, and they'll stone me to death because of Leviticus. You just can't win!

busterggi said...

When I was a couple of decades younger I used to work regularly for 13 days straight, only had every other Sunday off.

Yahweh worked for 6 days and had to crash.

Damn, I must have been in better shape than him.

matt311 said...

You know, that poor guy could have been gathering sticks for his family! You stone him, just like that?

Were this to happen in modern times, somebody would get some serious jail time.

I Am said...

The purple fringes illustration reminds me of Towelie from South Park! Not that I condone such things, but I don't think there was a prohibition against getting high on the Sabbath, was there?

matt311, in modern times, they apparently just attack people who work on the Sabbath these days instead of stoning them. A female Australian reporter was repeatedly assaulted (spitting, screamed at, kicked or hit with something heavy) for using a tape recorder on the Sabbath.

I guess that's better than being killed, but some orthodox Jews still believe that anyone (including non-Jews) breaking the Sabbath should be punished.

James said...

Yeah... some things are tough. What is curious (& really quite marvelous) is that some things are tough on purpose...& are meant to divide, particularly to divide the proud from the humble.

Pride demands a logical & satisfying answer even in regard to things that are not so immediately accompanied by understanding. Pride is impatient & wants an answer now for difficult matters, unwilling to invest time & energy that is required.

Humility brings about a tender attitude that consists of patience, & a sincere willingness to be teachable. It stems from a meek perspective that "I am careful how much confidence I place in how I see things, for after all I really know so very little of all that could be known."

& these things are so especially true when it comes to the things of God. It is an elementary principle that God resists the proud, but deals generously with the humble. One of the things He deals generously in is understanding.

Oh, the "poor" proud & blasphemer! Always learning & never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

So the proud are confounded. & arrogantly dismiss the validity & beauty of the ways of God. & this is their just "reward" for their pride: they don't understand the ways of God. Of course, the proud will probably not see that as a consequence... as God's wrath being dealt out to him.

You might find John 6:22-69 quite interesting. Especially 54-61. Although I do fear that in giving you this passage it may give you more ammunition. But perhaps... perhaps it may have a more profitable effect.

To close out, I can imagine that maybe you will surmise my comment here with the response that I am coping out & that I don't have a good explanation for your issues. Well, that would certainly be convenient for you so as to avoid taking to heart the truth of what I have shared.

Steve Wells said...

James,

"What is curious (& really quite marvelous) is that some things are tough on purpose...& are meant to divide, particularly to divide the proud from the humble."

Oh I get it! And you're right it really is quite marvelous!

Only humble people stone people to death for saying "Jesus Fucker" or whatever. Proud people don't. It's as simple as that. Thanks, James!

Open Eyes Productions said...

I believe that this man picking up sticks could have been trying to tempt God, or put God to the test.

He probably knew the law very well except took it lightly and didn't care. Keep in mind that these people had no excuse for ignorance in this situation, they were alive and saw and knew of many miracles that were done through Moses.

Also, keep in mind that God was establishing a holy people, and was giving guidelines for everyone to follow, or they will face the punishment for sin. So many people ask these days,"Why doesn't God strike people down with lightening the moment they do something bad?," it's because of his mercy, and patience toward us and our unbelief. That man would've known very well of the law and consequences for breaking it. God was the Government of the people. How many of you complain about how politians always lie, be thankful that when God commands something he means it; He can not lie.

So now that this is established, just imagine what the people would have thought if God went back on his word? This man who broke the sabbath took the gamble and was caught in it, and was an example to the people how serious sin is. God gave him clear warning, and what we know about God's character is that he did not want that person to die, however that person put the Lord to the test and he does not lie.

These are my thoughts, hopefully you can see it the way I do, because it's all for your benefit to know Jesus Christ and be forgiven for your sins. God Bless you all!

Mark van der Heijden said...

Assuming that these people 'took' the man (you could say the 'arrested' him) and stoned him the very same day, I'd argue that they 'worked' a hell of a lot harder than the poor stick gatherer. Heck, even Yahweh violated his mandatory day off by issuing his swift judgement.

Mark van der Heijden said...

Assuming that these people 'took' the man (you could say the 'arrested' him) and stoned him the very same day, I'd argue that they 'worked' a hell of a lot harder than the poor stick gatherer. Heck, even Yahweh violated his mandatory day off by issuing his swift judgement.