Numbers 15:32, 35 “32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.
35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death:”

There is much confusion about the differences in the Old Testament period and the period in which we live. People mock the Holy Bible, saying we should not teach from it; because of the extreme recourses that was required by God during that time.

The Old Testament period was an example of the present period we are in now (Heb 8:5). Each year, one revolution was made, in practice as to what we are doing in one revolution today. If the action would band them from the people then, it will band us from Heaven now: at the end. If the action would require the death penalty then, the death penalty will be administered for that action now: at the end.

In Exodus 16:21-30, some people went out looking for manna on Sabbath; yet, while it irritated YHWH, He did not kill them. But, in Numbers 15:32-35, we see a man gathering sticks on Sabbath, and YHWH gives him the death penalty. Why?

In Exodus 16, this generation of Israelis walk with God was new. They lacked faith in which YHWH said He would provide. Now, we look back at all the things which God already done for them and wonder how they could lack faith. Are we any different? In all that Elohim has given us, we sill forsake His commands to try and take control of our own lives.

The man in Numbers went out gathering. This was long after the first incident and YHWH had been long proven to be the provider. The Hebrew word for gather here is mekoshesh and is seen as a “high handed” action; because all of Israel had been suitably warned on what YHWH required of them.

Religion want’s to make it an argument of works or no works; but, it’s about who we put as authority over our lives: YHWH or ourselves. God’s grace will abound with us, until our death. We then will be judged on what we’ve done with the light He gave us (Luke 12:47-48). If we are merely in error, or lack the faith at that point, His grace will abound for us still. Yet, knowing the truth, if we refuse to follow the truth, as the example shows, it’s the death penalty in the end.

The “New Covenant” period is no different. We have been sufficiently warned: Holy Scripture is readily available. If we rather spend time in the things of this world then to study the wonders of God, and draw closer to Him, we are in danger of loosing our soul; because, the love of the things of this world choke out the knowledge that brings salvation (Matt 13:22; 1 John 2:15; 2 Tim 3:4-5). Once coming to the knowledge, if we continue in disobedience to God, there is no more sacrifice for sin (2 Peter 2:21-22). If we fall away, after being renewed, we put Christ to open shame (Heb 6:6); and, it’s virtually impossible to be saved again (Heb 6:4).

We are judged based on the light we have. Not working for money and things of this world more than God, not lying, no lust, Sabbath day, what we eat, these are just a few of the things that Christians refuse to follow God’s instruction on. To refuse to follow, is a rebellion or stubbornness (1 Samuel 15:22-23). We can not call ourselves followers of God, yet refuse to follow. We cannot refuse to follow and expect to enter into Glory.

Hebrews 6:1 “1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,”

Matthew 12:33 “33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.”
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