== The Sabbath and the Snowflake ==
In being the first thing which God called sacred in the human realm, God’s words of blessing upon the seventh day rest is comparable to Adam’s own first words toward woman. Such a comparison means that the proper focus of the human creature’s life is not any code of law, or sacred verbatim, but is, rather, the blessings which the Creator gave to human life as such. The proper focus for a human person is to be and become what a human person was made to be and become. Anything less is to fail to flourish. In short, the proper focus of the living of human life is the living of human life.
This is why even the ‘pessimist of the Old Testament’, who wrote that ‘all is vanity’, concluded that fellowship at mealtime is the standard of general blessedness even for a man who, in knowledge of his own mortality, has lived ‘in vain’.
So, only by the most extended and deep violations of the truths of marriage and the Sabbath is even God Himself finally induced to impose commands and enforcements concerning keeping them. God had a man stoned to death for working, not because that man was working as such, but because
of how deeply greedy that man’s work was in his refusal to abide the ‘respiration of the Creation’ which is the Sabbath day. The final phrase of Revelation 11:18 puts the finger on the ultimate natural product of that greed, a product which God would not allow to infect the establishment of His own nation.
So, God was not being a legalist for having given, commanded, and enforced the seventh-day rest upon His own nation. The Sabbath, and the keeping of the Sabbath, is not legalistic. What is legalistic is keeping a law in such a narrow-minded and finger-pointing way that the form of its keeping is alloyed with the error of making it into a burden rather than letting it be the blessing upon all life which it must be.
As surely as the sun goes down each day, and as surely as a man’s thirst compels him to water, so the only way to sense the deepest rhythm of Creation is to breath as it breaths. This respiration of the cosmos is the Sabbath day. And, in a fallen world of toiling the ground, this also is the Sabbath year.
Though all days may seem the same to men whose days are all too full of silent greed and roaring vanity, there is nothing indifferent or random about the days. On one day shall Christ return in power, and that day shall not be a trivial one in terms of the present cycles of the Creation. The Earth is exactly where it should be, so that a seven-fold of paper is as virtually the maximum as that of the waves upon a safe shore. Ever since the beginning of the Creation, there has been one right time according to which a man ought never to ignore guiding his canoe over the reef. Mankind is not made to live in a boat. But, unlike the roaring waves of water on an unstable-but-livable Earth, the most primal waves of the physical Cosmos are as subtle as the life of a comatose man to people who already are too busy fighting over his Will to realize he is not actually dead. The instant they bury him, they condemn him to death by their ignorance of him: the longer they leave him buried, the surer it is that he becomes his survivors’ self-fulfilling prophecy.
But, when that man is none other than the Creator, no one survives His death.