“What must I forsake?” a young man asked. “Colored clothes for one thing. Get rid of everything in your wardrobe that is not white. Stop sleeping on a soft pillow. Sell your musical instruments and don’t eat any more white bread. You cannot, if you are sincere abou … More
Sabbath observance was a binding ceremonial obligation for Israel and most Jews had no idea of the original purpose of the Sabbath. Jesus and His disciples were going through the grain fields on the Sabbath, when His disciples began to pick the grain and eat it (v. 1). The pharisees immediately accused the disciples of working on the Sabbath and violating the law (v. 2). In responding to this false charge, Jesus instructed them as to three things the Sabbath was not designed to do:
1.The Sabbath does not restrict deeds of necessity (vv. 3-4). David was an example, when he and his companions who were weak and hungry ate of the show bread which was only to be eaten by the priests. (I Sam. 21:4-6).
2.The Sabbath does not restrict service to God (vv. 5-6). Even the most legalistic Pharisee considered the priests innocent who worked twice as hard on the Sabbath ministering in the Temple (Num. 28:6-10).
3.The Sabbath does not restrict acts of mercy (vv. 7-8). God wants mercy, not religious sacrifice. He wants love, not legalism. Only because of God’s mercy can any of us be saved.
The Pharisees questioned Jesus if it was right for Him to heal a man with a crippled hand on the Sabbath and He answered them by asking, if they had a sheep fall in a ditch on the Sabbath, would they lift it out (vv. 9-11)? Then Jesus told them that people are worth more than sheep and He healed the man with the crippled hand (vv. 12-13). The Pharisees left planning to kill Jesus (v. 14).
What are some ways that you can see “Phariseeism” in Churches today? Have I been guilty in my own life of being legalistic like the Pharisees? What can I do to get the “Phariseeism” out of me?
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath." He went on from there and entered their synagogue. And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--so that they might accuse him. He said to them, "Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.
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Matthew 9:1-8Jesus Heals a Crippled Man
Matthew 9:9-13Reaching Sinners And Tax Collectors
Matthew 9:14-26The Traditions of Judaism
Matthew 9:27-38The Need For Laborers
Matthew 10:1-15Qualifications of The Twelve Apostles
Matthew 10:16-31Religious Opposition to Christ’s Followers
Matthew 10:32-42The Service of Christian Workers
Matthew 11:1-19Doubting of John The Baptist
Matthew 11:20-24Clear Teaching of The Word
Matthew 11:25-30Finding Rest From Your Burdens
Matthew 12:1-14The Sabbath Law
Matthew 12:15-21Preaching Teaching and Healing
Matthew 12:22-37What is The Unpardonable Sin
Matthew 12:38-45Sign Seeking
Matthew 12:46-50Need For Personal Relationship With Jesus
Matthew 13:1-9Teaching in Parables
Matthew 13:10-17The Secret Message
Matthew 13:18-30The Parable of The Seeds
Matthew 13:24-35Stories About a Mustard Seed And Yeast
Matthew 13:36-43The Story About The Weeds
Matthew 13:44-52What The Kingdom of Heaven is Like
Matthew 13:53-58Jesus is Rejected in His Home Town
Matthew 14:1-12Herod Antipas’ False Assumption
Matthew 14:13-21Steps to Problem Solving
Matthew 14:22-36The Storms of Life
Matthew 15:1-9The Teaching of Ancestors
Matthew 15:10-20What Really Makes People Unclean
Matthew 15:21-28A Canaanite Women With Great Faith
Matthew 15:29-39Feeding The Four Thousand