Previously: The Sabbath, part two
I thought I would answer, to the best of my ability, two questions that have come up in the comments of the recent Sabbath post, rather than trying to answer in the comments and have it ending up being as long as a post, LOL.
If you do not keep the Sabbath on the seventh day, does that mean you will not enter heaven? I went straight to the horse’s mouth; Jesus actually addressed this question. Here is what He says:
"For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:18-19
The one who relaxes the least of the commandments in the Law, including Sabbath, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But notice he is in the kingdom of heaven. I cannot find in Scripture that Sabbath- keeping is a salvational issue. So why do it? Ah, interesting question, and there is an even more interesting answer, stay tuned to the Sabbath series …
And the second question: is marital intimacy allowed on the Sabbath? Yes. 🙂 My humble opinion. What is not allowed is work, and marital intimacy does not, in Hebrew thought, come under any understanding of "work." Some might say it is not work, but, come on, the Sabbath is the Lord’s holy day, so doesn’t that mean …? No:
" Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous." Hebrews 13:4
If the marriage bed is undefiled, then how can it be defiled? For to be defiled is to be unclean and unfit for the Lord.
To be continued …
Update: continued in The Sabbath, part three