These are the words which the Lord hath commanded, that ye should do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a Sabbathof rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death. Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon theSabbath day." (Ex. 35:1-3) The chief feature of interest in this text relates to the prohibition of fires on theSabbath. As this is the only prohibition ofthe kind in the Bible, and as it is often urged as a reason why theSabbath should not be kept, a brief examination ofthe difficulty will not be out of place. it should be observed, 1. That this language does not form part ofthe fourth commandment, the grand law oftheSabbath. 2. That as there were laws pertaining to theSabbath, that were no part ofthe Sabbatic institution, but that grew out of its being intrusted to the Hebrews, such as the law respecting the presentation ofthe shew-bread on theSabbath; and that respecting the burnt offering for theSabbath: (Lev. 24:5-9; Num. 28:9, 10) so it is at least possible that this is a precept pertaining only to that 108
nation, and not a part ofthe original institution. 3. That as there were laws peculiar only to the Hebrews, so there were many that pertained to them only while they were in the wilderness. Such were all those precepts that related to the manna, the building ofthe tabernacle andthe setting of it up, the manner of encamping about it, etc. 4. That of this class were all the statutes given from the time that Moses brought down the second tables of stone until the close ofthe book of Exodus, unless the words under consideration form an exception. 5. That the prohibition of fires was a law of this class, i.e., a law designed only for the wilderness, is evident from several decisive facts. 1. That the landof Palestine during a part ofthe year is so cold that fires are necessary to prevent suffering. 2. That theSabbath was not designed to be a cause of distress and suffering, but of refreshment, of delight, andof blessing. 3. That in the wilderness of Sinai, where this 109
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