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How does Jesus' argument from David and the showbread work?

Jesus defended his disciples gleaning on the Sabbath by retelling a story about David. Mark 2:23-28 (ESV): One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his ...
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At John 5:18, did Jesus break the Sabbath?

John 5:18 says "Because of this, the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him. Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God." ...
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Is Jesus implying that He expects his disciples to be Sabbath-keepers in Matthew 24:20?

In Matthew 24:15-25 (NIV) we read: 15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let ...
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How can Jesus say "My Father is working until now" in John 5:16,17 if God rested on the 7th day?

John 5:16,17 (ESV) And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working....
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Can Nisan 15 be referred to as "the sabbath"?

6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall ...
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Why does Jesus seemingly contradict what He states in Mt 5:19 by later appearing to relax the Law of the Sabbath?

In Matthew 5:19, Jesus states that anyone who relaxes (ESV) even the least of the commandments in the Law and teaches others to do the same would be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But then in ...
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What was the intention behind Jesus stating that he is "lord of the Sabbath?"

Matthew 12:1-8 ESV 1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, ...
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What is the context in Mark and Luke as regards the buying and preparing of the spices?

I have a question about the context of Mark 16:1 and Luke 23:56 as they relate to the buying and preparing of the burial spices for Jesus of Nazareth. Mark 16:1 (ESV) states: When the Sabbath was ...
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What are the implications of the recent finding in Vatican Library in relation to Matt 12:1?

Matthew 12:1 was in the news recently after the discovery of a hidden and over- written ancient manuscript in Syriac in the Vatican Library. The finding is important in the sense that the text ...
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How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?

Exodus 35:3 Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day. How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?
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What is the significance that the word Sabbath is often plural?

At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day (σαββασιν - plural) through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they ...
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Was the city of Emmaus along a populated route from Jerusalem?

Luke 24:13, "And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs." (KJV) As Emmaus was 60 furlongs from Jerusalem, and as 1 ...
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What are the many Sabbaths referred to in scripture?

As I was studying this morning, I came across Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. ...
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Was John in the Spirit on the "Day of the Lord" or "Sunday" in Revelation 1:10?

I have a translation of the New Testament in my hands, in which Revelation 1:10 is rendered as "I was in the Spirit on Sunday". When I looked up the same verse in some other translations, I saw "I was ...
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The date of Jesus' death supposed contradiction

John 19:31 says Jesus died before a High Sabbath. If we assume that High Sabbath is one of the seven annual Sabbaths then it'd be that the High Sabbath fall's on the first day of the feast of ...
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Does the sixth day before the Passover in John 12:1 rule out a Friday crucifixion day?

John 12:1-3, "Jesus, therefore, six days before the passover, came to Bethany, where was Lazarus, who had died, whom he raised out of the dead; 2 they made, therefore, to him a supper there, and ...
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Sabbath, Sabbaths or week? Matthew 28:1

Reading in Matthew 28:1 (ESV): Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. ὀψὲ δὲ σαββάτων τῇ ἐπιφωσκούσῃ εἰς μίαν ...
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Is "The Lord of the Sabbath" the LORD God?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ records that Jesus states He is Lord of the Sabbath: For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:8 ESV) So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath. (Mark 2:28 ...
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What law of Moses forbade the lame man from "carrying his pallet" on the Sabbath (John 5:10)?

In the Gospel of John we read: John 5:6, 8-10: "When Jesus saw [the lame man] lying there... 8Jesus said to him, 'Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.' 9Immediately the man became well, and ...
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What does from Sabbath to Sabbath mean in Isaiah 66:23?

Isaiah 66:23 23 “And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the Lord. Does this mean that mankind will come and worship ...
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John 19:31 - How does the Sabbath Explain why Jesus' Body had to be Taken Down?

1. Question, for Historical Interpretation of Sabbath Law What Sabbath considerations might have applied - that would lead to a request to take Jesus' body down from the cross? Aside: Does the Greek ...
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Is there a hint in any of Evangelions why Jesus was crucified so close to Sabbath?

There's a passage in St. John's Evangelion: 31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of ...
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What's the Difference between Gathering Sticks and Plucking Heads of Grain on the Sabbath?

Numbers 15:32-36 God ordered a man to be killed for gathering sticks on the Sabbath. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for challenging the Disciples for Plucking Heads of Grain on the sabbath. Remembering ...
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Does the sentence imposed by God, during wilderness wanderings, fit the crime?? The crime: wood gathering on the Sabbath-Numbers 15:32-36

God's no nonsense judgement against working on the Sabbath of being "Stoned to death" seems awfully harsh on the post Exodus, most likely long suffering, wilderness wanderer, who was merely ...
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If Jesus broke the Sabbath at John 5:18, why does He say "Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath" at Matthew 12:12?

Some interpret John 5:18 "Because of this, the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him. Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with ...
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Does calling the Sabbath a "sign" (אות‎) between God and Israel mean it was given to distinguish Israel from other nations?

In various passages, God calls the Sabbath a "sign" (Hebrew, אות‎) between Him and Israel (all NKJV, emphasis mine): "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: 'Surely My Sabbaths ...
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Are Christians being licensed not to keep the Sabbath according to Colossians 2:16-17, Romans 14:5-8 and Acts 15?

Is Paul giving Christians license to omit Sabbath observance in Colossians 2:16-17 and Romans 14:5-8? Is this corroborated by Acts 15? Below the passages: Colossians 2:16-17 16 Therefore let no one ...
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According to Exodus 20:8-11 when is the Sabbath to be observed?

Which day is the correct Sabbath as prescribed in the ten commandments found in Exodus 20:8-11? 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 ...
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Which day is the "another day" mentioned in Hebrews 4:8?

Hebrews 4:1-11 (NIV): Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news ...
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Calculating months and weeks in the Mosaic Law

Is the Law of Moses based on the lunar calendar? According to Genesis 8:3-4 the ark of Noah rested on Mount Ararat "on the 17th day of the seventh month." Genesis 8:3-4 (NASB) 3 and the water ...
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Amos 6:3 Sabbath or Seat?

Amos 6:3 has a different reading between the Masoretic Text (MT) and Septuagint (LXX). Seat; Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; (Amos 6:3 - KJV) (Read KJV)...
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The purpose of resting on the Sabbath

There are two main reasons given in the Old Testament as to why the Israelites are to observe the Sabbath. The first one is mentioned in Exodus 31:16-17 [KJV]: 16 Wherefore the children of Israel ...
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Why were the Sabbath breakers not punished in Exodus 16:27-28?

Exodus 16:27 NIV 27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[c] refuse to keep my commands and ...
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In Genesis, Did God Work and Rest on the Sabbath?

Closely Related: - Judaism.Stackexchange - Did God Create the Sabbath Rest? 1. Question - Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Analysis : Setting aside Jewish and Christian doctrines, and traditional ...
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Was the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy created at Mount Sinai and given to the Israelites only?

Exodus 31:12-17 (NIV) reads: 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may ...
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Pronoun confusion in Exodus 31:17? Who rested?

Exodus 31 closes with Moses being told what to say to the people, verbatim. The use of first person pronoun to refer to the LORD is consistent throughout the section. I quote it all just to display ...
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Hebraically, did God ordain the weekly Sabbath in Genesis 2?

By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He ...
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Why is Jesus the Lord of the Sabbath and NOT the Father?

In Matt. 12:8,1 the Lord Jesus Christ refers to himself, the Son of Man, being “Lord of the Sabbath”: 8 “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” NASB Ηʹ κύριος γάρ ἐστιν τοῦ σαββάτου ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ...
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Different reason for Sabbath

In Exodus 20:1-17 and in Deuteronomy 5:6-21 we read about the 10 Commandments. The major difference between both passages is in the following two excerpts Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, ...
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What is meant by "seeking/doing one's own pleasure" in Isaiah 58?

Isaiah 58:3,13-14 (ESV) 3 ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and ...
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In Genesis 2:3, what are the practical implications of God "blessing" and "sanctifying" the seventh day?

In Genesis 2:3, what are the practical implications of God "blessing" and "sanctifying" the seventh day?: Gen 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God stopped ...
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Does Nehemiah 9:14 teach that the Sabbath was made known through Moses rather than from the beginning?

Nehemiah 9:5-15 lists a brief chronology of God's people from creation to Moses, emphasizing all that God had done. (The verses following show the proud, disobedient reaction of the people.) While God ...
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Is the weekly Sabbath nothing but just one of many festivals / holy convocations (Leviticus 23, Numbers 28, 29)?

Leviticus 23:1-3 (NIV) says: The Appointed Festivals 23 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, ...
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Was Israel to be without heating or an ability to cook food on sabbath? (Exodus 35:2-3)

Ex. 35:2-3   “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, ba sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. “You shall ...
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In John 7:23, which law is not broken—circumcision or the Sabbath?

John 7:23 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath? NASB, ©1995 Is it ...
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Was the Sabbath in force at the time of Abraham?

Those Christians who observe Saturday as the Sabbath often claim that when God rested on the seventh day he sanctified it and set it apart for holy use. Genesis 2:1-3 1 Thus the heavens and the earth ...
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Did Daniel prophesy a change from Sabbath observance to Sunday observance in Daniel 7:25?

Daniel 7:25 (ESV): 25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his ...
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Colossians 2:16 speaks of holy days, festivals or weekly sabbaths?

LITV says Then do not let anyone judge you in eating, or in drinking, or in part of a feast, or of a new moon, or of sabbaths, GW says clearly weekly worship days. for "Sabbath." However, ...
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What is the "rest" referred to at Hebrews 4:9-11, and how does one "enter into that rest"?

Hebrews 4:9-11 NET Consequently, a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. 10 For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. 11 Thus we must ...
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Did the Sabbath originate in the wilderness per Exodus 16:29?

Exodus 16:29 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out ...
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