Legalism

Jesus Plucks Grain on The Sabbath - Mark 2:23 – 2:28 (commentary)

Jesus and His disciples were walking through the grain fields (probably wheat) on the Sabbath day (Saturday). Fields were not fenced but marked out by stones, so that taking shortcuts through planted fields was not unusual. As they walked the disciples plucked some heads of grain …

Peter’s Defense to the Legalists - Acts 11:1 – 11:18 (commentary)

Peter wisely had taken some Hebrew Christians with him when he went to Cornelius’ house, because it was not long before he was to be confronted for ministering to Gentiles (vv. 1-3). When he returned to Jerusalem he was met by members of the strong legalistic party in the c …

The Sabbath Law - Matthew 12:1 – 12:14 (commentary)

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 pharis …

Paul Exposes His Adversaries - Galatians 1:6 – 1:10 (commentary)

The Galatian Christians were told by false legalistic teachers that salvation was grace, “plus” works. The Judaizers claimed to be preaching “the Gospel” but like certain groups today they were saying “We believe in Jesus Christ, but we have something won …

Why Go Back Into Slavery? - Galatians 4:1 – 4:11 (commentary)

The way of the Galatian Christians was not much different than many Christians today who get involved in various legalistic movements hoping to achieve certain goals. Children who are under age are no better off than slaves, even though everything their parents own will someday b …

The Difference Between Law (slave) and Grace (free) - Galatians 4:21 – 4:26 (commentary)

Paul addresses those who want to be under the law (v. 21) and there are many who appear to want this. In his argument he takes the Galatians back to events in the Old Testament that actually happened but he uses them as an allegory. He takes them back to the life of Abraham and h …

Jesus Works and Heals on the Sabbath - Luke 6:1 – 6:11 (commentary)

On the Sabbath day, possibly the next day after the feast at Matthew’s house, another problem is brought up by the Pharisees. Jesus and His disciples are passing through some grain fields and being hungry they pluck some of the grain and ate it (v. 1). These Pharisees who s …