Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for Sabbath.”
Mark 2:27 (Mark 2:23-27)
One Sabbath the Sun went through grain fields. While his disciples walked about, some picked heads of grain. The Pharisees said ter the Sun, “Why are they doing what is unlawful on Sabbath?”
Now the Pharisees’ question might be a right fair one, fer as you well know from reading Skip’s Code of Conduct, doing any work on the Sabbath be grounds fer death. (Exodus 31:15)
Fer example, once while Skip’s people wandered about in the wilderness, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath. The chap whar brought be fer Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly gathered ’round ter see what should be done ter the feller. Skipper said ter Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.” So the assembly took the chap outside the camp and did as commanded. (Numbers 15:32-36)
Skipper says, “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.” (Exodus 34:21)
So in the minds of the Pharisees, the Son’s disciples whar “harvesting” grain on Sabbath and that brought a judgement of death upon thar heads.
Only the Son answered with wisdom the Pharisees had not considered. “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
What says you? Did Skipper give us his Code of Conduct ter see if we could follow his rules? Or did Skipper give us his Code of Conduct fer our own good?
A good many know a great deal ’bout Skip’s Code. A good many more swears they got it all sorted out in thar head. This be the way things whar in the Son’s day and it be the same ter day. Only when it comes ter understanding all Skip’s Code of Conduct, his son, the Son of God, be the final authority fer all things whar created by the Son, including Skipper’s Code of Conduct. (Colossians 1:16)
Skipper gives us times ter rest one day a week fer our sake.
Skipper gives us time ter worship him fer our sake.
Skipper gives us knowledge and wisdom of him and his words fer our sake.
Thar may be other reasons fer Skip’s code, but our safety and health be a reason near the top of his list. Skipper knowed when he gave us a day of rest that later “Sabbath” would become “church day” and them who be running things on “church day” would be working. You think Skip meant fer us ter stone such folks ter death fer teaching and preaching on the Sabbath? Not likely.
The Apostle Saul Paul wrote: “One person considers one day more sacred than another and another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.” (Romans 14:5)
In the Son we be free ter enjoy Skipper in all his love and glory. In the Son we be free ter care fer ourself and others as Skip leads. But if we be ignorant of Skipper’s Code of Conduct and not know all of it, ever’ last word, others might cage us in with thar clever words.
Tha Son said ter the Pharisees, “Sabbath was made for man, not man for Sabbath.”
Make it yer task ter rest on the day you call “Sabbath” so yer body can recover from a week’s worth of work. Let others run about like the pagans. As fer those in the Son, let us be holy, set apart, and at peace with Skipper.
Parroting the Prayers of Skip’s Crew
“Lord, you are our comfort in times of need. You care for those who grieve, for you have promised: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4). You care for us when we are tired and tuckered out. We ask now that you comfort and care for us. Give us your holy rest. Amen and amen.”
Pirates spent much of thar lives sailing or lounging on a beach or deck. Other times they be drinking and carousing with fellers and lasses. But when a prize be sighted it whar all hands on deck—even if such a day fell on the Sabbath.