Old 05-15-2007, 07:41 AM
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[QUOTE=DKB]As a Christian man with Israeli heritage (I think??) I have been looking into the Shabbat. Please could you give me an opinion regarding the below text..
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Mat 12:1 At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck ears and to eat.
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The first pblm is, that for shabat, one is supposed to prepare one's food and needs by the 6th day of the week(friday), before sundown, so that one's meals, and clothing, house, etc, be prepared, clean and ready for use during Shabat, since all of these things are acts forbidden on the 7th day of rest. (see posts above). This version of what happened according to Matthew reveals that at least the disciples did not prepare for the Shabat during the week, and thus had no place to stay for the Sabbath, nor took care to make sure they had at least the customary 3 meals in honor of the Sabath-

Second, its forbidden to "pluck ears" on Shabat. This is an outright labor, that could have easily been avoided by preparing oneself accordingly during the week. Why would they do this? It seems like they didn't know this was forbidden, which means they didnt have a basic knowlege of the laws of Torah and or Shabbat- which could happen if they werent raised by religius parents and thus didnt give them proper education. Or, they just didnt follow the law, not worring about properly preparing for the holy day, which is a sin in itself, thus paid for it by putting themselves in such a sitation which led them to violate Shabbat.

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Mat 12:2 But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath.
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The other Rabbis did the right thing by pointing this out to the disciples Rabbi first...its one of G-d's commandments to correct and call someone's attention when they are about to do something wrong or doing something wrong...no pblm here(see Lev. 19)

Will continue with the rest soon....
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