Kill those who work on the Sabbath

Exodus 35:1-3 Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the LORD has commanded you to do: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”


Why does it seem like “death” is always the punishment from a loving God?

13 responses to “Kill those who work on the Sabbath

  • Rusdy

    Or, if I may rephrase the question:

    “Why does it seem like ‘death’ is always the punishment from a loving & HOLY God?”

  • newcolors

    Death is not always the punishment. Also, we are given a choice of curses or blessings…life or death.The Bible teaches us that while it is true that ultimately the wages of sin is death…the gift of God is eternal life in our Messiah Yeshua.

    Also…in the case you mention…don’t work on the Sabbath…take a break…sounds like a good to me. In fact I never work on the 7th day Sabbath and have been greatly blessed by it. Also, while God is without sin of course…holy simple means set apart….distinct or seperate. He is that.

    May God bless you as you shine light on the Scriptures…

  • aNON2

    So it’s okay that Jewish people were cool with killing their people if they decided to work on the Sabbath? What if they took a break on Saturday? Hell, they didn’t exactly have the same names for days back then, and most cultures of Africa traditionally followed an equally arbitrary 4-day week cycle.

    “think you should take a break every fourth day. And if you don’t I’ll kill you.”

    Of course that’s not what I’m saying, I wouldn’t kill anyone for anything that pointless.

  • twon

    why don’t you keep you ignorant comments to yourself.

  • newcolors

    Your ignorance is sadly showing. Notice I said ignorance…not stupidity. First of all…what we call Saturday is the 7th day Sabbath. The children of Israel knew what day the Sabbath was on…unlike much of Christianity. ( I am a Christian by the way so I can say that) But that aside…God gave them Manna on everyday but the Sabbath so they knew. Jews can count to seven just like you.

    I know you and I have a hard time understanding some of these things…but think about what it would be like to live in a world where everyone kept God’s commandments. Would it not be nice if everyone treated you as they would like to be treated? Again…concerning Sabbath…real tough rule to follow….take a break…let me take care of you. God wants those who follow Him to be different…set apart…holy unto Him. I think it’s awesome.

    Also, God gave these instructions…they are not Jewish laws…they are God’s Laws for all the world. It was a mixed multitude that stood at that mountain recieving the Torah.

    May God bless you as you seek the truth…

    • Used to believe

      Well the Christian bible says kill lots of people for lots of things and it’s amazing how cherrypicked the “true” word of god actually is…i mean if you believe it was written by god aren’t you headed for hell by picking and choosing which ones you will actually follow and which ones you don’t? Jesus invented or revealed it…well kinda…he said lake of fire and the church kinda defined it later as the torturous bowels of the underworld. It’s actually the only time it’s mentioned in the bible….in the bible Lucifer was cast down to earth…not hell. But I digress. Yup it says kill your minor if you see him working on the Sabbath. And if you see an amalikite you are supposed to kill all them too..oh well not all as God commands that you take and keep the Virgin women for yourself…but anyway tons of death

    • Mark Henderson

      Lousy excuse. You need to work on your bible apologetics. It clearly says, “kill them for working on the sabbath”.

  • daily wackadoo

    Why are Christians always creating new interpretations for the Bible?
    “The unicorn in the bible was a metaphor”.
    “Death is not always the punishment”.

    In my opinion, that’s called “selective truth”. You only want to consider truth certain things of the Bible, and the rest, you consider them metaphors.

  • Newolors

    I do not believe the unicorn is a metaphor. I also do not believe six days means billions of years. When God says someone deserves death…He means death. I admit that you are right in what you say DW…many people do “spiritualize” or “massage” the Scripture to fit their own comfort zone. I try real hard not to do that. God is God…I am nothing…Try not to judge all Christians by the majority…


  • Objective Reality

    Newcolors, what?
    are you saying Christians should advocate the death penalty for anyone that works at Wal-Mart?
    Please do not use the Bible as a moral code. It is barbaric! If you do, I hope you are arrested and taken out of normal, functioning society.

  • heardofgod

    Wow! You got some attention on this one, Roopsy.

    But this one’s easier than what Newcolors says. Christ set us free from the Law of sin (Romans 8:2-4) which is the Mosaic Law. At the transfiguration you had the Law giver Moses, the quintessential Prophet Elijah and Jesus and the word of the Lord came and said listen to Jesus which would make the Jews angry but it is what God said. The Sabbath was Fulfilled in Christ and is no longer to be observed. Now in the spirit of Love I’d like to say to my brother who observes the Sabbath as a Holy Day unto the Lord that I commend that and do not challenge that faith, for Paul said, “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.” (Romans 14:5) I am not saying this is wrong that you observe a Sabbath, my friend, Newcolors. However, there is no Biblical basis for saying that we should keep the Sabbath after Christ and you are probably blessed by it because you do so to the Lord and give thanks. Hebrews 4:3 tells us that those who believe enter into the rest that the Sabbath was a shadow of, and that is rest from all works. And as far as Jesus was concerned when he was persecuted for working on the Sabbath he said that his Father is always at work and that he too was working (John 5:17). The Law became obsolete at the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. because that was the last required thing for the Law to be completely fulfilled (Deuteronomy 28:15-68 read it and you will see). After that there are only two commandments, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind”. And the second is like it “Love your neighbor as yourself”. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments anyway. Anything else after that that is done to the Lord, outside of sin, is part of loving him with all of yourself. Now I want to give a quote that kinda brings up the death issue and the law issue and shows a contrast between the two covenants.

    1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?
    2 You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
    3 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on TABLETS OF STONE but on tablets of human hearts.
    4 Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.
    5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
    6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, NOT OF THE LETTER but of the Spirit; FOR THE LETTER KILLS, but the Spirit gives life.
    7 But if the MINISTRY OF DEATH, in LETTERS ENGRAVED ON STONE, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,
    8 how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?
    9 For if the MINISTRY OF CONDEMNATION has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.
    10 For indeed what HAD glory, in this case HAS NO GLORY because of the glory that SURPASSES it.
    11 For if THAT WHICH FADES AWAY was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.
    12 Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,
    13 and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away.
    14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.
    15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;
    16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
    17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY.
    18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians Chapter 3)

    Christ’s covenant was more glorious than the first which was fading and did fade away at the destruction of the Temple that allowed for the sacrifices to continue. And Hebrews 8 says, “When He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.” And did disappear at the destruction of the Temple. Okay I’ll quit.

    And death is still the punishment for disobedience. Not just a physical death but eternal torment which is kinda sprung on us at the end of the Bible. Boy do we have “SUCKER” written on our foreheads. But hey, there is a reason that Paul said, “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” Why? Because when we die there is really nothing. So we could have at least enjoyed this life and the lusts that others do. Ahh, but there is a resurrection. Halleluiah!

    In Love,


  • Rassan M Tarabein

    I believe that the script “Whoever does any work on it must be put to death” seems to be inconsistent with our loving God, but in reality, it is living proof of it. Modern Hebrew contains only a fraction of ancient Hebrew; Zionists (European Jews) asserted European Hebrew as the essence of modern Hebrew.

    The verse in Ancient Hebrew says:
    “מי שעובד שבת הורג את עצמו”, which means
    “Whoever works Shabbat kills himself”

  • kaden

    Rusdy he has 12 rules its not hard to follow 12 rules also is it hard to take a break for a day?

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