"Lord of the Sabbath"

February 15, 2013

“Lord of the Sabbath”

Blessings Folk!

Today’s reading:
Matthew 12:1-8
Mark 2:23-28
Luke 6:1-5


Did you notice how the Pharisees were with Jesus?
They followed Him.
They sought to trip Him up...somehow…

The Pharisees were particularly interested in how Jesus “treated” the Sabbath.
They had created many rules related to the instruction of the Lord as to the Sabbath.
The traditions of man.

They confront Jesus with His “breaking” of one of the traditions of man.
Jesus responded with the Word...with an example from the Word of God.
David and his men ate bread against the Law.
Even the priest that go about their duty on the Sabbath are breaking it.

Then, the Lord makes some amazing statements.
“Something greater than the temple is here”
    • He is speaking of Himself...watch for this phrase two more times.
“If you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice”
    • He questioned their knowledge, understanding and application of the Word
“The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath”
    • man had it backwards
    • man exalted the Sabbath commandment while totally missing the point.
“For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath”
    • for what reason? in light of the fact that the Sabbath was made for people

Today we do not have the Sabbath per se.
Yes, a day/time of rest is good, but, one will find references/inferences to all the 10 commandments in the New Testament...but not keeping the Sabbath.

Those who speak of Sunday as being the “Sabbath” are in error. Nothing to separate fellowship over. Just wrong.

The Jews still celebrate the Sabbath...sundown Friday through sundown Saturday.

The “sabbath rest” of the Believer lies elsewhere...

Hear this…

Hebrews 4

1 Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For we had good news proclaimed to us just as they did. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my anger, ‘They will never enter my rest!’” And yet God’s works were accomplished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works,” 5 but to repeat the text cited earlier: “They will never enter my rest!” 6 Therefore it remains for some to enter it, yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience.7 So God again ordains a certain day, “Today,” speaking through David after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, “O, that today you would listen as he speaks! Do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken afterward about another day. 9 Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. 10 For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. 11 Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience.12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. 14 Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.

The Lord is our Sabbath rest.

Romans 14
1 Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions. 2 One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not, and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for God has accepted him.4 Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day does it for the Lord. The one who eats, eats for the Lord because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he may be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

Someone Greater is here.
Are you living in Him?