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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Sabbath was made for man... Matthew 12:1-8
Keyword: The Chronological order of the life of Our Christ
As we will see, when we get to Luke 6, this may very well have been one or two years before the crucifixion of our Christ. Basically, what we will see happening in the following Scriptural accounts, is that God is walking through the fields of wheat with His disciples. The disciples, or at least some of them, are hungry, so they pluck a handful of grains of wheat, rub them in their hands to get rid of the chaff, and eat them. The ever present Pharisees, who are there to spy, not learn, once again show their Scriptural ignorance and the Lord has some fun with them.
As you read Matthew's account of this little run in, picture the Pharisees with their ever present scowl and Christ with a bit of a smile on His face as He corrects them, by saying "Have ye not read what David did". If you picture this in your mind correctly, you will see that the Lord Jesus, our Christ, was really having some fun here.
1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and His disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto Him, "Behold, Thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day."
3 But He said unto them, Have ye not read what David did? When he was an hungered, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests. 5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I WILL HAVE MERCY, AND NOT SACRIFICE (Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8) , ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Matthew 12:1-8 ACP/KJV
Before I add any exhortation or commentary to this, let's look at a little more of what Jesus had to say to these spies by looking first at Mark 2:27. Jesus said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. But, had these Pharisees been as smart as they thought they were, they would have already known this for God, through the pen of Moses, told them not just once, but twice that very same thing. The Sabbath was made as a day of rest for man, a day for man to not work but to lay back and enjoy himself, his family and his fellowship with God. God never meant the Sabbath to be a day where you couldn't walk through the fields with a sandwich in your hands. He never meant it to be a day that as you walked through the fields contemplating and discussing God and His wonders, you couldn't take an apple off a tree and eat it as you walked, talked and pondered the greatness of God and Scripture. He meant it to be a day of rest.
God the Father said to Moses tell the people this: 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11 ACP/KJV
He repeated Himself in Deuteronomy chapter five. Guys, God made the Sabbath day as a day of rest and relaxation, a day for you and your family to relax, to go to church and have fellowship with other believers. A day for you and your wife and kids to have fun together, a day for your batteries to get recharged, a day for you to focus not on the things of this world, but the things of God.
The Sabbath was not created to rule you but to aid you. It was not created as a day, like the Pharisees claimed, of strict adherence to man's rules of God's day. Now let us go back and revisit the totally asinine charge they made and how Jesus, with a smile on His face shows them how absolutely ignorant, selfish, and dedicated to their rules over God's rules they are.
1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that He went through the corn fields; and His disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. 2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, "Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?" 3&4 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
5 And He, Jesus, said unto them, that The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Luke 6:1-5 ACP/KJV
These Pharisees, like so many of our so called religious leaders and cults today, focus not on what God said, but what they claim God meant to say. They, instead of focusing on what is written in Scripture, try to go outside of Scripture and insert what is not scripture into Scripture to make their points, make them look smart, and to make them rich. For they worship mammon more than the worship God. A good example of that is how so many simply condemn all Jews to eternal damnation if they die without having converted to Christ, but does the Bible say that? Not if you read what is written in Ezekiel 37 it doesn't.
In the beginning of this thought I mentioned that this little run in with the foolish Pharisees may have happened one or two years before the crucifixion of our Lord. Let me show you why I say that, for I haven't heard it mentioned by other commentators or in other exhortations. In verse one of Luke 6 we read that "it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first," There is another time in the Bible when we see a week with two Sabbaths, and that is the week when Jesus was crucified.
In the crucifixion account, as recorded by the Apostle John we read: The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. John 19:31 ACP/KJV In the week when Jesus was crucified there were two Sabbath days, a high Sabbath day and then the regular weekly Sabbath day. Like wise in Luke 6:1, we are led to think that this little altercation came about on the regular Sabbath day of that week following a first or special Sabbath day of that week. I'm not sure of this, but I mention it as food for your pondering, your thought and for your further study.
Sometime in the not too distant future I want to talk to you men in the Militias, about Luke 20:25 and Matthew 24:24.
Lord, make my faith as that which I perceive the Samaritans to have had. Amen.
As you ponder today's Scripture, ponder also your own relationship with Christ. Are you a Samaritan or are you a Galilean?
Lord give us eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart attuned to Your word.
Men, let us strive to be men who follow Christ, and pray our wives will, as Peter's and Abraham's wives did, simply follow.
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