Numbers 15 – Sabbath Breaker Stoned

February 14, 2018 at 10:59 AM 12 comments

Reading through the book of Numbers, it is difficult to come away and not realize just how much God demanded of the Israelites. The list of responsibilities, both ceremonial and religious, were astounding. Again, we need to be clear that these requirements were not issued in order for Israelites to “work” for salvation. Salvation in the Bible has always been granted based on one thing and one thing only: faith. Salvation in the Bible has never been something that a person could earn or work toward.

The reasons all of these things were given to Israel were threefold. First, it was representative of the fact that sin is thoroughly sinful. It is anathema to God. It breaks our fellowship and it destroys life. There is no other way to understand sin and those who attempt to whitewash it clearly fail to realize the full ramifications of sin’s effect on all of God’s Creation. God hates it.

Second, the many requirements given to Israel were to point out that it was literally impossible to maintain fellowship with God because eventually something would occur in the life of the believer that would preempt that fellowship. Third, all of the regulations, requirements, and laws were given to Israel to point to the One who would eventually come and fulfill all of it and He would do so on our behalf. This speaks of God’s tremendous love for those whom He created in His image.

God differentiates between willful sinning and sinning that is done by accident, often without fully understanding what was done. In the case of either, depending upon the nature of the sin, forgiveness and reinstatement to fellowship with God could be achieved, in most cases. However, there were some sins that required the death penalty. We read about one such situation in Numbers 15:32-36.

32 While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation. 34 They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him. 35 And the LORD said to Moses, “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the LORD commanded Moses. (ESV)

Previously, the Israelites had been warned that the Sabbath was to be kept holy. It would be a time when all Israel would simply rest, as God had rested on the seventh day following His creative efforts. Honoring the Sabbath would be for Israel a time to simply rest, reflect, enjoy family, and take a day off from work. It would be a time of renewal for people.

The Sabbath was also extended to the Land in that every seven years, the Land was to lie fallow (unused) for one year. This would give the Land an opportunity to replenish itself. Constant use of Land agriculturally without a break would eventually ruin the soil, as it would have no time to regain its nutritive value. It would become good for nothing. Unfortunately, we learn that Israel ignored this for 70 years. This is why God brought in a foreign invader (Babylon), captured or destroyed the people and took them from the Land. During those 70 years, the Land had a chance to replenish itself. However, as we learn in Daniel 9, even after the 70 years were over, God would require 70 x 7 years or 490 years in total because of their disobedience, wherein the nation of Israel would be controlled by foreign Gentile powers until the times of the Gentiles had been fulfilled.

Regarding the Sabbath day of the week, it would begin on Friday evening and extend to Saturday evening. This was to be a statute for Israel into perpetuity. Please note that this was given to the nation of Israel. It was not given to the Church, which is why in the New Testament, the “Lord’s Day” was often celebrated on Sunday, the first day of the week, and the very day that Jesus rose from the dead.

When I hear Christians today speak of observing the “Sabbath,” I cringe, because they are talking about worshiping on Saturday as the Israelites did. The Church is not Israel. The Church has not replaced Israel. The Church is separate from Israel. God is not finished with Israel and that is very clear from Scripture. The only way a person can arrive to the conclusion that God is done with Israel and has transferred all rights and privileges originally given to Israel, to the Church, is by allegorizing Scripture. That is the only way. When Scripture is taken in its most plain and ordinary sense (literally), it speaks for itself and it becomes clear that God has a program for Israel and a program for the Church. Salvation for both is received the exact same way (through faith), but God has a unique program for each and Israel’s will find its fulfillment in the coming Millennium. It is similar to the fact that God’s will for each individual is different, yet salvation for them is received the exact same way.

The Sabbath was not to be broken by anyone living in Israel. The Sabbath was to be observed. God decreed it and that was final. So what happens when someone broke it?

In the above passage, we learn of a man who decided to gather sticks on the Sabbath. Once the people realized what he was doing, they grew concerned. They had already known that the Sabbath was not to be broken, so they took the man into custody. However, at that point, Moses had not given them any instructions on what to do to a person who broke the Sabbath.

Moses inquired of the Lord and the answer was swift and unmistakable. “The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.

Seems harsh, doesn’t it? The guy was just “gathering sticks” probably for a fire. Death for picking up sticks? Had the Lord not ever told the people through Moses that breaking the Sabbath was not to be tolerated, we might have a reason to feel sorry for the man. But, the law had been given by Moses. It had been made clear that the Sabbath was to be recognized and was a holy day for the people of Israel. The man had no excuse.

But why did ignoring this law mean death? The short answer is that the man was deliberately rebelling against God’s sovereignty. He was willfully ignoring God’s rule in the life of the Israelites. Had the people not put him in custody, chances are great that worse things possibly by way of a plague would have been visited on the people.

In the life of Israel, we see a constant stream of seemingly endless attempts by Israel to disavow God’s rule in that nation’s life. They grumbled, they complained, they threatened to stone Moses and Aaron on more than one occasion. They often rebelled at God’s goodness and put Him to the test. On at least one occasion, God told Moses He was going to destroy the entire nation and would start over with Moses. Moses intervened for them and God relented, but even then, God sent plagues killing thousands of the Israelites.

So, as punishment for his crime of breaking the Sabbath, the people, under Moses’ direction, took the man outside the camp and stoned him to death. He was effectively “cut off” from the nation of Israel and it was done outside the camp so as not to defile the camp itself since his dead body would simply lie there. To us, it seems harsh, very harsh. But God was making a point.

Did the man have salvation and lose it because of this? If he was an actual believer, he did not lose his salvation. However, he certainly destroyed fellowship with God, didn’t he? It may be doubtful that the man was a believer because it seems that if he was, he would not have deliberately set a law like that aside. The death of this man served as a warning to all Israel. Do not set aside what God has decreed. If you do, there will be severe consequences. We’ve seen this play out in Israel’s history repeatedly.


God created laws to send a message to a wayward people, people who were often bent on mischief. They wanted to do things their way, not God’s way. God had to be strict with them. There is nothing wrong with strict, fair laws, that benefit everyone.

We are in a time right now, where the level of corruption we are seeing being uncovered in both state and federal governments is mind-boggling. We see it and it is difficult to grasp. We’re told by several sources that there is plenty more revealing information to come. It is abysmal to think about. It’s not just the setting aside of laws so that Americans were spied on (including Trump). We are talking about revelations that more than hints at serious pedophilia and human trafficking crimes.

There are currently, 13,600 sealed indictments against people right now. About 1,300 of those have been unsealed. Apparently, at least some of the indictments apply to the same person, so we may not be talking about 13,600 people here. Still, it is staggering.

How did we get to this point? We got here because of the fact that corrupt people with aberrant political ideologies (Marxism), gained control of our institutions and governments in America. Like many within Israel of old, they set aside America’s laws for numerous purposes.

These people, who clearly believe themselves to be above the law, need to caught, arrested, indicted, and full justice served. They must be made examples of what happens when people entertain treasonous ideas about overthrowing America. Some must be put to death if they are found guilty of treason against the United States. This will go a long way as warning for future generations.

God created laws for Israel to remind and warn people that they needed to stay within the boundaries He set if they were going to continue in fellowship with God. It did not matter if the individual Israelite (or foreigner living in Israel at the time), was a true “believer” or not. The law applied to all. To break those laws could mean their deaths. It would be a lesson that would impact the rest of the people who saw that form of justice meted out.

It is the same today. We have laws for the benefit of all in society. Justice is supposed to be blind, but too often, it has been overruled by the rich and powerful, who work for outside influences. The tide needs to turn back to the rule of law as outlined by the Constitution of the United States of America.

Though there is tremendous grace under God for those who have salvation, we cannot use that grace to disregard God’s moral code. In fact, with Christ living within us, we have everything we need to live a life of godliness (2 Peter 1:3 ESV).

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence…

We need to live there and we need to vote in people who will endeavor to enforce the laws that exist and to make new laws that coincide with the Constitution. This is the country in which we live. I used to think we didn’t need to worry about it. God would work all things out. God expects His children to live a life that supports the law. We must do that and we must encourage everyone else to do the same.

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  • 1. NWRambler (@iamgregk)  |  February 15, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    As an ex-SDA I just have to say AMEN!


    • 2. modres  |  February 15, 2018 at 10:42 AM

      Amazing how many Christians aside from SDA are falling back into Hebrew Roots Movement. Sad.


  • 3. Johnny Ash  |  February 14, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Please note that this was given to the nation of Israel. It was not given to the Church, which is why in the New Testament, the “Lord’s Day” was often celebrated on Sunday, the first day of the week, and the very day that Jesus rose from the dead.
    Jesus rose on the Feast of First Fruits which was a Sabbath day after the Regular Sabbath. You see, Jesus died on Passover which is not a Sabbath but is the Day of Preperation prior to the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He died 4000 years from Creation, on the 4th day of the week in the midst of the week of a set of years (Daniel 9:24-27) so He died in 30 CE.
    In Revelation we have the only mentioning of the Lord’s Day. But since Revelation is a prophetic book about the end times, then the Lord’s Day is actually the Day of the Lord which began Sept 20th, 2017 and reconfirmed on Sept 23rd, 2017 and runs until the Day of Atonement with marriage of the groom and bride and Armageddon and then 5 days later is the Millenium or Feeast of Tabernacles.


    • 4. modres  |  February 14, 2018 at 12:36 PM

      Hi Johnny,

      I would disagree with you. John is referencing the fact that though he was in exile on the Island of Patmos, he nonetheless, was worshiping the Lord on the “Lord’s day,” which was likely a Sunday. In fact, Acts 20:7 notes that the disciples came together on the first day of the week to break break, signifying they came together to worship and observe the Lord’s Supper. The apostle John was likely worshiping Jesus on the Lord’s Day – or first day of the week (otherwise he would likely have said Sabbath) – and received the start of numerous visions about the end times.

      The Day of the Lord however, is a completely different situation than the Lord’s day. While Revelation is a book of prophecy, it should still be taken in its more plain and ordinary sense (literally) unless and until the text itself and context demands a more allegorical interpretation.

      The official Day of the Lord does not actually begin until at the very least the Rapture occurs. While some scholars do not include the Rapture in the Day of the Lord, they at least acknowledge that the Day of the Lord includes the coming Tribulation period, which will not begin until the Antichrist brokers a peace deal with Israel and surrounding Arab nations that is slated to last 7 years. It has not begun yet.

      Respectfully, I would completely disagree with your understanding of the Lord’s Day and when it begins. From my study of Scripture, it seems clear that it has not begun yet and will not until after the Church is raptured to Christ.


  • 5. Johnny Ash  |  February 14, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    The man and the sticks. As Jews, we teach that it was the man’s job to pick up sticks, to chop wood nd sell it for firewood so the Jews can keep their places warm. He did this 6 days per week.
    As to stoning out of the camp and being cut off. Jesus died on the cross outside the camp. He died outside the walls of the old city.


    • 6. modres  |  February 14, 2018 at 12:38 PM

      Yes, that is correct. To die “outside the camp” represented a disgrace. To be stoned inside the camp meant to bring disgrace onto the entire congregation, which is why it was done outside the camp. Yes, this is exactly why Jesus was put to death outside the camp.


  • 7. Johnny Ash  |  February 14, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Salvation comes by grace through faith and that is a gift from God to us. Death (Passover), Burial Unleavened Bread), Resurrection (Feast of First Fruits) is our Salvation. This we call justification. It was when man was raised up to God.
    Sanctification (Pentecost) comes from reading the Word and Obedience. We are sanctified as we walk out the Word in our lives. Yesua says to take up your cross/staff and follow me. Be you circumcised in your heart with the Word.
    Glorification comes when God comes down to man. This occurs at the Second Coming on the Day of Trumpet (Sept 9th, 2018) when Jesus comes back.Day of Atonement is marriage of the groom and bride and Armageddon (Sept 19th, 2018(. Feast of Tabernacles (Sept 24th, 2018) is the millennium or Messianic KIngdom.
    So yes Jesus keeps the Sabbaths and we do it for practice because it will be a part of the Millennium. Three times per year, all males will be going to Jerusalem to meet the King and not go empty handed. These times will be at Passover Week, Pentecost, and Feast of Tabernacles. And if you do not go to Feast of Tabrnacles, then there will be no rain on your land for one year.
    Hos_12:9  And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.
    Zec_14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    Zec_14:18  And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    Zec_14:19  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.


    • 8. modres  |  February 14, 2018 at 12:42 PM

      You’ll recall though that Jesus specifically stated that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. In other words, while Israel under the Mosaic Law had to, of necessity, keep all laws, including observing the Sabbath, Christians are not required to do so because we are not part of Israel. We are part of the “new man” in Christ. Jesus kept the Sabbath to fulfill the Law as a representative of Israel. He was/is also our representative as well. Since we are not under law we are not required to observe festivals or Sabbaths.

      Paul made this very clear. Reading through Romans, the Corinthian letters, Colossians, etc., verifies that he did not impose festival observances on Gentile converts to Christianity. In fact, he warned repeatedly that to deliberately place one’s self under any portion of the Law meant that they were bound to observe all of it.


      • 9. Johnny Ash  |  February 14, 2018 at 3:35 PM

        Jesus was conceived on a Sabbath (Dec. 15, 4 BCE) on the last Sabbath of the month of Kislev. It was Kislev 25th. He was born on Feast of Tabernacles 1. Circumcised on the 8th day on Feast of Tabernacles 8. Baptized on Elul1, or a Sabbath in January, or on the Day of Atonement. He rode into Jerusalem on the 10th of Abib on the regular Sabbath. Died on Passover (not a Sabbath), buried prior to Feast of Unleavened Bread on the fourth day. Rose 72 hours later on Saturday night just after the first 4 stars came out at night which was at the beginning of Feast of First Fruits Sabbath. Lifted up at 9 AM on Feast of First Fruits Sabbath as the First Fruits. He returns on the Day of Trumpet. Marriage of the Groom and Bride and Armageddon is on the Day of Atonement. Millennium begins on Feast of Tabernacles 1.


      • 10. modres  |  February 15, 2018 at 10:47 AM

        I have NO idea how you arrive so dogmatically at such conclusions. Moreover, they cannot be proved. I think we need to agree to disagree on things like this. I understand you have your way of perceiving things, but unfortunately, it appears as though you arrive to conclusions and then look to Scripture to support those conclusions. In essence, it should be the other way around.


      • 11. Johnny Ash  |  February 14, 2018 at 3:45 PM

        Christians are not required to do so because we are not part of Israel.
        Really, You became a part of the House of Israel (10 tribes of Israel) when you joined. Jacob had 12 sons and his name was changed to Israel. The division occurred with the two houses. The HOuse of Judah has the tribe of Judah and 1/2 of the tribe of Benjamine. The House of Israel has the other ten tribes. Shem line, Ham’s line, and Japeth’s line became the Christian Church and joined the house Of Israel at Pentecost (Acts 2), therefore you are a part of the House of Israel. Now join me at Jeremiah 31:31-36.
        Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 
        Jer 31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 
        Jer 31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
        Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 
        Jer 31:35  Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 
        Jer 31:36  If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 


      • 12. modres  |  February 15, 2018 at 10:46 AM

        No, you’re absolutely wrong here, Johnny. When I became a Christian, I did not become a Jew, spiritually or otherwise. In fact, regarding salvation, Paul makes it clear that with respect to salvation, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” (Galatians 3:28 ESV).

        I did NOT become part of the House of Israel. God has a plan for Israel and He has a plan for the Church. The two are separate and distinct though certainly salvation is received in the exact same way – by faith.

        Christians are literally adopted into the family of God through Jesus Christ, but that’s as far as it goes. All of your references to Jeremiah speak ONLY to the nation of Israel. It has nothing to do with the Church at all.


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