Question on Mt 24:20

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Question on Mt 24:20

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:51 pm

In Matthew 24, Jesus says that when the residents of Judea see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place, they should flee to the mountains and pray that their flight not be in the winter or on a Sabbath (verse 20). I can understand "winter," but why did Jesus say that one should pray that his flight not be on a "Sabbath"?

Re: Question on Mt 24:20

Postby admin » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:42 am

Guest wrote:... why did Jesus say that one should pray that his flight not be on a "Sabbath"?

How you understand this question will speak volumes about your views of eschatology. Futurists would argue that Yeshua's words were spoken to future "tribulation" believers, or those followers of his who would be living at the time when the Messiah of evil (Abomination of Desolation) would betray the Jewish people. Fleeing on the Sabbath, then, might refer to the difficulty of leaving a city that was constrained by shomrim, or the "Temple police" who could arrest people for violating the law of eruv. Those who think Yeshua was referring to the destruction of the Second Temple would likewise say fleeing the city would be difficult if the city gates were locked and the Roman armies began their siege at this time (Luke 21:20). Even if you are attempting to argue (obliquely) that Christians should observe the Sabbath, the Torah (as well as Yeshua) laid no prohibition against saving life on the Sabbath day (pikuach nefesh). In light of other teaching in Scripture, however, I would not attempt to make a case either way about keeping Shabbat based on a solitary verse like this, but would compare the Scriptures and "rightly divide" the truth to discern the relationship between "brit" (covenant) and "torah" (instruction).

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