Question: Did Yeshua ("Jesus") break the Sabbath?
Though many Christians and Jews alike have suggested Yeshua (Jesus) broke the Sabbath, nothing could be further from the truth! To excavate the truth on this matter, a few foundational principles/questions must be in place and answered before we press on to confirm of last week's bull's-eye.
1. What is truth or reality?
2. Where does truth come from?
3. What is Sin?
Through answering the above questions we can counter this ongoing assault against our Messiah by exposing the erroneous premise of those who intentionally or unintentionally suggest Yeshua violated the Sabbath
What is truth?
· Psalm 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
We, as citizens of the kingdom and partakers of the covenant, may identify YHWH as the origin and source of the truth and his word as the means by which his truth is revealed. Let us now look at a couple scriptural examples of believers using truth not only to change their lives, but, also as the means and standard by which all things are to be confirmed as truth.
· Psalm 119:11 Thy word (truth)have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee
· Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word (truth)with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures(truth)daily to see if these things were so.
· Psalm 40:8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law (truth)is within my heart."
Thus far, we have briefly revealed not only where truth can be found, but how it is respectably used and intimately applied to one's life. In light of last week's Target Practice question, or any other scriptural question for that matter, it is crucial to understand, not only where truth is to be found, but also how teachings or answers to such questions are to be validated or invalidated by the truth. This is the beginning phase most counter offensives enact to expose error and reveal truth. Let us now turn our attention to the second question.
Where does truth come from?
· 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
· Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
· Psalm 119:1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
We can plainly see that YHWH is the source of the spoken word as well as the written word (the Torah), all of which are the standard and measure by which we, as citizens of the kingdom, are to live. In addition, these expressions of truth are the avenues that reveal the very character of the Most High. Therefore, to disregard the self-revelations of the Almighty is to disregard the Almighty himself!
What is Sin?
· 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
· Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
We can clearly see that sin is defined as violating the Laws of the Most High. Sin is revealed by the law (Torah). Though we have covered the definition of sin in weeks past, we must not ignore the relevancy of doing so again, in order to affirm last week's bull's-eye that declares, Yeshua did not break the Sabbath.
That said, let us now take aim at the narrative that has led to much unnecessary confusion regarding this notion that our Messiah broke the Sabbath.
John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Yeshua saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me. 8 Yeshua saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. 12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Yeshua had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Yeshua findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Yeshua, which had made him whole. 16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Yeshua, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.17 But Yeshua answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
In light of what we have already learned, let us now affirm the bull's-eye that states, Yeshua did not break the Sabbath.
First, if Yeshua did in fact break the Sabbath by breaking any of YHWH's laws is defined as sin, this would clearly deem him as a sinner. The author of Hebrews refutes this position quite clearly.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Earlier we stated that, the laws of the Almighty reveal sin. Therefore, if there is no prohibition against doing good deeds on the Sabbath then Yeshua could not have broken the Sabbath, since there is no law prohibiting good works on the Sabbath. One cannot break what isn't there!
When looking at the "seven laws" of Sabbath as shown in weeks past, one can quickly and easily conclude that there is no such commandment that prohibits one from doing good deeds on the Sabbath day.
In the narrative, the transgression of the Torah belongs to those who accused Yeshua of violating the Sabbath, not to Yeshua.
Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Let us look at the living word and the very embodiment of truth.
· John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
· John 14:6 Yeshua saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
In conclusion, if Yeshua, who John declared to be the living word, violated the written word he could not be the Messiah of whom Moses spoke. Simply put, the Written Word is the testimony of the Living Word - and must therefore be consistent. Since Yeshua did not violate any of the Torah commandments, including the seven laws of Sabbath, He alone is worthy to be an acceptable sacrifice for our sins.
When confronted on matters such as this, we must determine what the truth is, what the source of truth is, and in this case, what sin is. The accusers in this case clearly based their accusations against Yeshua on the additions and subtractions from the Talmud and not upon the Truth as defined by the Torah. Yeshua did repeatedly violate the legalism and traditions of men - but not the Word of YHWH. As believers, we are to embody the Torah as Moshe received it and Yehshua taught it, thereby restoring the image of YHWH.