David Eating Sacred Loaves

In Mark 2:26-28, (as well as Matt 12:1-8 & Luke 6:1-5) Jesus and his disciples are accused of harvesting on the sabbath. However, all they did was break off a few grains to eat. This was actually allowed under the law and didn’t count as a harvest because it didn’t involve a “basket or sickle”, so it wouldn’t have been a problem on the sabbath because they weren’t actually harvesting, they were just eating. Harvesting from your neighbor without permission would be stealing, but eating handfuls is allowed. Deuteronomy 23:24-25 says “When you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat your fill of grapes, but you must not carry any away in a basket. 25 And when you enter your neighbor’s field of grain, you may pluck the heads of grain with your hand, but you must not harvest it with a sickle.”

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Christians and the Sabbath

Some Christians are into first-day Sabbatarianism and see Sunday as Christian Sabbath, while others stick with the traditional view of Saturday always being the Sabbath, these are seventh-day Sabbatarians. Meanwhile, others view both days as equally valuable because Saturday is the true Sabbath and Sunday is Resurrection day. This is why we have a two-day weekend. In fact, in Latin Saturday is called “Sabat” which is based on the Hebrew word for rest (sabbath), and Sunday is called “Dominus” which means “Lord” so it represents the Lord’s Day. This even carries over to modern Latin-based languages like Spanish Saturday is called Sabadó and Sunday is called Él Domingo. This implies that for the early church both days were valuable.

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