Violation of the Sabbath (Num 15:32-15:36)

“When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.  Those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to the whole congregation.  They put him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.  Then Yahweh said to Moses, ‘The man shall be put to death.  The whole congregation shall stone him outside the camp.’  The whole congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him to death, just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.”

What is the punishment for violating the Sabbath?  When they were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.  They brought him to Moses, Aaron, and the while congregation.  They put him in custody.  Then Yahweh told Moses, to put him to death.  The whole congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him to death, just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.  Actually Exodus, chapters 31, indicates that the death penalty should be used for profaning the Sabbath.  Stoning is a community punishment.  God clearly says kill him, since this is a very serious sin. No wonder, the Jews at the time of Jesus’ time were so worried about violating the Sabbath.

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