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Jesus: Followers Resting after Burial

      The final Sabbath mention in Luke takes place during the passion week. Jesus' body was laid in the tomb and the women went home and prepared spices and perfumes. "But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment" (Luke 23:56). These were women who had traveled with Jesus from Galilee. They had probably followed him for months and knew his teaching intimately. If their master had even hinted that they didn't need to observe the Sabbath, they would certainly have continued their burial preparations at such a time-sensitive moment.

      When I was a child I was told that we are to follow nine of the ten commandments because they are repeated in the New Testament. The commandment about the Sabbath was supposedly not repeated. Whoever came up with that explanation forgot to read this verse. It states clearly that Jesus' followers were obligated to observe the Sabbath at the time of his death. Which all brings up the question, how many times does God have to repeat a command for it to be valid? If he just says it once, can it be ignored?

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