6 thoughts on “Sticks and Stones on Sabbath

  1. I really appreciate studying some of the more difficult OT passages with you! The man who was stoned for gathering firewood is one such passage for me. I will have to refresh myself on this one because I have never seen in the text where it says he was “defiantly” gathering firewood, although I’ve heard it taught this way. I’m sure I just haven’t spent enough time with it. If this is the case, it makes his harsh punishment makes sense. Thank you for another thought provoking post!

    1. It is definitely one of the more challenging ones! The text does not explicitly say the man acted “defiantly,” but it is inferred because v.30 (just before the account of what happened with him) discusses intentional (defiant) verses unintentional sins. The incident with the man is used as an example of “what not to do!” – and so we see that his disobedience of the Sabbath requirement was considered an act of defiance. Happy studying! 🙂

  2. Your posts are always so interesting and thought provoking! I don’t even remember the passage about the man gathering stones, although I’m sure I’ve read it. Thanks for giving me things to think about today, friend!

  3. It is definitely a short passage, so easy to overlook, but yes, no doubt you’ve come across it at some point. I learned things as I was studying it, too! It is a blessing that we can “think on these things.” 🙂

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