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The Sabbath, how it is presented in Mark's Gospel and how different Christian denominations worship on the Sabbath.

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The Sabbath in simple form is the seventh day in a Hebrew week, starting Friday evening, ending Saturday evening but it is different for Christians, who celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday. However, in this essay I will be going further into the true meaning of the Sabbath, how it is presented in Mark's Gospel and how different Christian denominations worship on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was the day God rested after creating the world, this was the 7th day. The Sabbath for the Jews meant the prohibition of cooking, gathering manna, plowing and reaping, lighting a fire, gathering wood, carrying burdens, pressing grapes, bringing in sheaves and loading animals. The Sabbath is celebrated differently in the New Testament, Jesus saw the Sabbath as a burden, and he thought that the Scribes and Pharisees had put an huge burden on men's shoulders rather than taking the burden off their shoulders. ...read more.


This means that Jesus thought the Sabbath was too much of a burden on man and instead should be a relief of burden like the relief that was experienced by God after he had finished creating the world on the seventh day. Jesus wanted the Pharisees to change the law of the Torah so that the Sabbath can be broken in the case of necessity or in the act of charity to one another. I believe that this view of Jesus revolutionised the Sabbath to make it what it is today, a day of rest and worship. There are various different Christian denominations that all celebrate the Sabbath in a different way. Yes, all these denominations accept that Sabbath is there to be a day of rest as it was for God but they each celebrate the Sabbath in a different way, The Church of England has a Eucharist, similar to the Catholic church, the Catholic church has mass every Sunday, the Methodist church has a service of bible readings and sung hymns and the Evangelical church has praise and worship in a celebration mass. ...read more.


I conclude that Sabbath is a day of rest and should be treated the way God would treat it by making exceptions to rules when it is absolutely necessary (in a matter of life or death) and that in order for the Sabbath to truly be a day of rest, there should be no rules and the rules that shouldn't be made in the first place, shouldn't be enforced as watching all the people to make sure they don't break the 'rules' of the Sabbath won't be resting anyway. Mark expresses the way that Jesus thought we should treat the Sabbath in a way that we can learn to keep the Sabbath holy, Mark helped Christians to understand the Sabbath in humane way. I believe that the different Christian denominations celebrate the Sabbath in a very similar manner. They all celebrate the Sabbath in a way that Jesus would have wanted the Jews celebrate the Sabbath, yet they still all stick to their own traditions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Coursework AO1: The Sabbath H/S Colin Currie 12/10/05 ...read more.

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