The Sabbath in Matthew 12: 5-8

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Many people define that Jesus determines that the seventh day of the week should not be sanctified. And they often use this verse.

Mat 12: 5 Or did you not read in the law that, on Saturdays, the priests in the temple break the Sabbath, and are without guilt?

The fundamental point is the word violate, the term translated to violate is βεβηλόω -bebēloō {beb-ay-lo'-o}, which comes from the term profane. The question is, where does the law say that priests desecrate the Sabbath?

Num 28: 9 On the Sabbath day you will offer two lambs a year old, without blemish, and two tenths of flour flour, mixed with olive oil, as a grain offering, with its drink offering;
In a 28:10 it is the holocaust on every Saturday, in addition to the continuous holocaust and its libation offering.

The priests for the sanctuary ritual needed to light a fire, move the wood, and work on cleaning and transporting the remains of the animals. So on the Sabbath because of the ordinance law, the priest in charge was assigned work on the seventh day relating to ordinances.

Jesus reports the following.

Mat 12: 6 But I tell you, here is what is greater than the temple.

Jesus says that the importance of their existence is greater than the importance of temple rites, or the rules of ordinance law, and complete.

Mat 12: 7 But if you knew what it means: I want mercy, not sacrifices, you would not condemn the innocent.
Mat 12: 8 For the Son of man is the Lord even on the Sabbath.

Here Jesus does not speak of the violation of the seventh day, but rather he was referring that the importance of violating the seventh day because of ordinances is not correct since he is more important than the laws of ordinances. And so to define that Mercy is more important than sacrifices. So knowing that the seventh day is a day of sanctification, rest or joy. It is known that Jesus was talking about sacrifices, or ordinance law rules. Since the sanctification of the Sabbath we have, that.

Mat 12:12 Now how much better is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is lawful to do well on Saturdays.

So we have to do good on Saturday. The word licit comes from the Greek καλως - kalōs {kal-oce '}. Which means everything that is good, like honesty, morality, kindness. So Matthew 12: 6-8 does not say that the sanctification of the seventh day is wrong, it defines that on the seventh day good should be done, as goodness, mercy, other actions. And it says that the sacrifice of the ordinance law violates the sanctification of the seventh day, and that this law of ordinances, linked to the sacrifice of the lamb has no value in relation to the true sanctification of the seventh day, which is the goodness and mercy instituted as sanctification for this day.

So the Sabbath is a day to do good, and leave the normal chores of the six days. Jesus thus praises the seventh day as a day of kindness and mercy, and defines that the law of ordinances demarcated by the death of the lamb, hinders the sanctification of the seventh day, in which it is lawful to do all that is good. So Matthew 12: 6-8 is extolling the importance of the seventh day as a day of kindness, and showing that he is the lord of the Sabbath and knows how the seventh day was made holy, as a day holy to good works, and dedicated to being a day special to get rid of the works of the six days, and dedicate to helping people both physical and spiritual.

What is well defined with what is lawful to do well on Saturdays? The word well is involved in helping someone without receiving something in return, or without reference to acts of commerce, or plans for themselves. So a person who is a doctor and helps a person without that person having to pay such a doctor is keeping the seventh day, but working to earn or make commercial systems as a work of profit is not the sanctification of the seventh day.

Winning is the foundation of one's own profit, God's love is free, the sanctification of the seventh day is the search for divine equality, so on the seventh day the work of kindness is similar to the action of Christ, or his example in giving for free, this is the basis of love. 

What is the seventh day sanctification? It is the characteristic of setting aside such a day for sacred actions. God's sacred action is good for others and the strongest connection with the sacred. So you have six days to do all the works for yourself, and one day for the work for others. Greed, worldly pleasures, and life connected with oneself, must be left on the seventh day for a sanctifying action similar to Jesus, and his work devoid of payment for the good he does. This is the seventh day that Jesus taught, in six days the work to fight for sustenance, and on the seventh day sanctified by God, a totally solidary work for the people.



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