The Abandoned Barn

It was Sunday afternoon and they had decided to go for a drive since it was such a beautiful day. They ventured outside of London and ended up in a rural area where they espied what looked like an abandoned barn. Dushan parked the car and they crossed the overgrown field to the sprawling structure.

“This is a traditional English Brick Hay barn,” Dushan said after he pushed opened the door and they went inside.

“It’s huge,” Chioma exclaimed, her eyes wandering about her, taking in the high ceiling with its beams and the straw bales. Sunlight was streaming in through the windows.

Dushan found a spot and sat down on the hay. “I’ve never been inside of a barn before,” he said.

“Neither have I. It’s nice and cozy in here.”

“Yes, it is.”

“It’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city.”

“Yes, it is and I was thinking that when we have children, we could move to the countryside.”

“That would be nice. There are several beautiful towns that are less than a half’s drive from London.”

“We can take day trips to those towns to see which ones we would consider settling down in.”

“That’s a good idea.”

“By the way, I got some listings for some flats which we can look at tonight after dinner.”

“All right.”

“You look like you have something on your mind.”

“Yes. I’ve decided that I’m not going back to my church anymore.”

“How come?”

“After attending Adaeze’s and Aamin’s baptisms yesterday and being a part of the worship service, I’m convinced that I’ve been worshipping on the wrong day of the week.”

“You mean Sunday?”

“Yes. Last night while you were sleeping, I got up and went into the kitchen to read my Bible. I read everything that had to do with the Sabbath and I discovered that it isn’t for the Jews only.”

“What did you read that convinced you of that?”

“First I read the commandment in Exodus and I noticed that it was the only one which began with the word, Remember. You don’t remember something which never existed before. This tells me that the Sabbath was kept before there was even a Jewish nation. The Sabbath existed before the Jews did. The first Sabbath-Keeper was God, Himself. He made the Sabbath and He kept it. That’s why Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man. It was made after God created Adam and Eve. Jesus, as Lord of the Sabbath, kept it and so did His followers. In the Gospel of Luke, it said, the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee went home and prepared spices and perfumes after they saw where His body was placed. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.  That’s why they didn’t go to the tomb until the next day which was Sunday and they took with them took the spices they had prepared on the Friday which was the Preparation Day. The Sabbath was about to begin. So, you see, if Sunday was the new day of worship, they would have prepared the body with the spices on the Friday evening when the Sabbath starts.”

“Yes, the Preparation day is Friday and the Sabbath is from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.”

“In his Gospel, John wrote that the Sabbath was a high day.”

“Jesus’ crucifixion took place on the day of Passover which means that the Sabbath would have fallen on the first day of Unleavened Bread, which falls on the day after the Passover.”

“God states in the 4th commandment why we should keep the Sabbath. We have six days to work just as there were six days on which He created the world. Just as He rested on the seventh day, we are to do likewise. And that applied not only to the Jews but to the strangers who were in their midst.”

“It’s the only day of the week He blessed. And He hallowed it which meant He consecrated it. He sanctified it. In other words, He made it a holy day.”

“Jesus worked as a Carpenter but I’m sure He would have rested from doing that on the Sabbath.”

“Yes, any work or labor which has nothing to do with God, we don’t do on the Sabbath. A farmer can’t plow his field or repair farm equipment and buildings on the Sabbath. That’s things he should do on the one of the other six days of the week but if someone shows up hungry, he will feed him.”

“Jesus allowed the disciples to pluck grain and eat it on the Sabbath when they were hungry. He also healed many people on the Sabbath. If it was okay for the religious leaders to pull an animal out of a ditch on the Sabbath day then it should be okay for Jesus to heal a person on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was a day of rest from secular and menial work but not from charitable work.”

“What types of work do you think are allowed on the Sabbath?”

“Ministry work and emergency services. These are good works. Jesus was carrying out His ministry work among the people which included teaching, healing, casting out demons. Emergency services and rescue services such as police, fire and emergency medical services should be allowed on the Sabbath too because they are there to public safety and health. It wouldn’t make sense if a person is in need of medical care but you hold off taking them to the hospital until the Sabbath ends.”

“No, that wouldn’t make sense any more than the fire department not responding to emergencies because it’s the Sabbath.”

“Which activities are Jews prohibited from doing on the Sabbath?”

“I was taught that Jews aren’t allowed to bake and cook, travel, kindle fire, gather wood, buy and sell and carry burdens from one place to another. I can’t walk to the synagogue so I drive.”

“Do you let the elevator stop on every floor on the Sabbath?”

“This building doesn’t have a Shabbat elevator that is programmed to stop on every floor so I take the stairs. I think of it as my weekly exercise.”

“I usually take the stairs and only take the elevator when I’m tired or am carrying groceries.”

“Did you speak to your minister about the Sabbath?”

“Yes, I did but he insisted that it was for the Jews not Christians. He said that Christians worship is on the Lord’s Day which is Sunday. I’ve read the Bible and the only day God calls His own is the Sabbath which is the seventh day of the week. God didn’t rest on the first day of the week, He rested on the seventh. He began His work of creation on the first day. Jesus didn’t do away with or break the Sabbath. He kept it and showed us how to keep it. It’s a day of rest from secular work not from doing good to others and that’s why He healed on it. My minister opened his Bible and showed me different scriptures which he felt proved that Jesus’ followers worshipped on Sunday but I realized that they didn’t. It was eye-opening for me. I was seeing God’s Truth not the truth I have been taught and have believed all my life. I felt as if God had opened my eyes.”

“Did you tell your minister that you weren’t going back to his church anymore?”

“I did and do you know what he said to me?”

“What did he say?”

“He said that it’s because I’m married to a Jew that I’m suddenly questioning the Christian faith. I told him that he was wrong and that I had read the Bible for myself and discovered the truth. After that, he didn’t want to discuss it any further, so I left. I know I made the right decision because I felt a sense of peace come over me.”

“Good. I liked the church we went to yesterday.”

“Would you like us to start going there every Sabbath?”

“Yes, I would.”

“But what about the synagogue?”

“When I tried to talk to my Rabbi about Jesus, he told me point blank, ‘Jewish people don’t believe in Jesus!’  He was adamant that Jesus wasn’t a Prophet, the Messiah or the Son of God so, I didn’t pursue the matter any further but I knew then that I wanted to know more about Jesus and determine who He is for myself.”

“We all have to find our own answers and they can only be found in God’s Word with the guidance of His Holy Spirit. Jesus never forced anyone to follow Him. It was always an invitation–a choice. We can choose to believe in Him or not.”

“I meant what I said about regularly attending Adaeze’s and Aamin’s church. It would be nice for you and me to worship together on the same day.”

“Yes, it would be.”

“Now that that’s all settled, how about a roll in the hay?”

Chioma laughed. “You’re incorrigible.”

“And you’re irresistible.” He reached up, caught her by the hands and pulled her down on top of him.

The sun was beginning to set when they eventually emerged from the barn, smiling and holding hands.

Sources: Alamy; 123rf; Sabbath.org; My Jewish Learning; Jews for Jesus; Newfoundland & Labrador; Sabbath Truth; Amazing Facts; Britannica; BBC; My Jewish Learning

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