Hi, does anyone have any comments, thoughts, proof, as to whether it is wrong or not to ride your horse on the Sabbath?
I'd say the 4th commandment is clear and simple on the matter - God's Sabbath rest is there for all humans and all livestock, so it's obvious that horses also get to rest. And whoever loves their animal will grant it Sabbath rest - even when you have to wait another day to have the kind of fun that means work for your horse.
Deut 5:14 ...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 or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock ...
Sure, only your best human friend doesn't have to carry you for a couple miles. At least I hope so...
How do you suppose people made it to church before the automobile?
They walked.. Heck Jesus walked everywhere.. He could have easily used a horse..
And most in Israel who lived too far just stayed home, and the patriarch of the home preformed services there for the family..
Besides we are talking about God's standard not what men have justified in times past..
And honestly even if it was justified then, we have cars now, so that is no longer the case.. We have cars so there is no ox in the ditch..
In 19th Century America?
A lot of them ya.. I know history pretty well and many family's could only afford one horse, if they had one at all.. My great, great grandparents had 10 kids, and only one horse.. Do you think they all went to church on one horse or did they walk? They were too poor to have a wagon.
Which interestingly enough they would let rest one day a week, because the horse was working on their farms..etc.. all the rest of the week, and they didn't want it to collapse on the job from overwork.. Which I am guessing is the same reason God commanded they should rest..
A lot of horse and buggies went to church because the distance involved for most to walk, the service would be over by the time they arrived. Unless, you were fortunate to live by a church, it required travel.
As for me, it requires an hour by car just to get to church.
Those who lived too far out and didn't have the accommodation either left at 5:30 in the morning. (Which is preferable if you are in the desert like my family was) or didn't go..
Though I'm sure many did use a horse.. But as I said, necessity and leisure are two very different things..
Also, again we are to look to the Bible standard, not mans... So the inquiry means little..
That's a great Idea! Plus it would give you a real opportunity to witness to your neighbors.
I'm glad to see you are taking a good example from ancient Israel.. ;0)