Jeremiah 17:19- 27
For the sake of your lives, take care that you do not bear a burden on the sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the sabbath or do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors.
“Work” vs. a legalistic definition of ‘work’. My research indicates that at the time of Jeremiah there was no legalistic definition of “work” as regards what could and couldn’t be done on the Sabbath. My guess is that people were engaged in commerce, i.e. the ‘burdens’ were trade-goods, and the rebuke was intended simply to get people to turn their attention to God, and away from distraction. That’s a theme that keeps recurring to my mind. It’s about what is and isn’t important in the eternal scheme of things.
Romans 7:13- 25
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it i…