In response to an email received from a brother in Christ:
“Shalom PD, thank you for your strong faith and amazing teachings! I’ve just watched your video, “Sabbath is a burden” and wow, I’ve learned so much from it! I’ve been keeping the sabbath for over a year now, as do some of my fellowship members and there seems to be a slight difference on how we should keep and honour the sabbath. I realise from your teaching that we are not to add man made rules or traditions to God’s word, but to keep it as Yahweh as instructed and the one thing that keeps being discussed, is that some are saying that we don’t go into a cafe or restaurant and eat on the sabbath, or go into coffee shop and have a drink on the sabbath, or go and buy food on the sabbath…
My understanding, is that these appear to be added mans rules, that I don’t see in scripture, but I fully understand why some are saying this. I don’t do these things myself, because I don’t want to feel that I’m breaking the sabbath in doing these things, please, I would be grateful if you could share with me your thoughts on this,
Be blessed in Yeshua”
The answer to your question is simple, because scripture tells us.
You are right, we are not to add man made traditions to the word of God, if that tradition will nullify the word of God.
However, going to a restaurant, or a coffee shop, most definitely is breaking the sabbath. It’s not a man made rule that defines that, but rather the commandment of keeping the sabbath itself. We are instructed to rest on the sabbath (abstain from work), but not only that, we are instructed to never let anyone else work (as to serve us) on the sabbath either:
“but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.” Exo 20:10
So its not a man made teaching, it’s from God. Anything at all, that makes someone else or ourselves work, is not permitted by God on the sabbath. How can we say we keep His day holy by resting from our works – as He did from His – but we make others stumble by causing them to work? That is hypocrisy. Whether or not we are the main reason someone will work (coffee shops will remain open, whether we go or not), the same principle applies.
I hope that helps
Shalom and love