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Because God judges our hearts The man was not punished just for picking up sticks. He was punished for putting a higher value on work and self-sufficiency than on honoring the Holy Sabbath. It just so happened that his indifference towards God was played out by picking up sticks. Exodus 31:13 ESV You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above ...


All, Keeping this story in context, the preceeding verses (22-29) outline the ability to provide an offering for atonement from having committed sin without realizing it or "out of ignorance". So Elohim provides a way for those who are acting incorrectly by virtue of not knowing Him as they should. Next we have the admonition for those who "act ...

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