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Lord of the Sabbath -- and Everything Else

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey
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September 15, 2021 12:00 am

Lord of the Sabbath -- and Everything Else

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September 15, 2021 12:00 am

What happened when Jesus' life-transformational ministry came head-to-head with the Pharisee's religious technicalities? How could Jesus claim to live a perfect life if the religious leaders could accuse him of not following the Sabbath? Come explore with Stephen Davey the truth that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, not the other way around.

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Regarding re-created tendon blocks lower muscle mass. Verse 11 tells us these Pharisees are now discussing with one another what they might do to Jesus how they are going to kill Jesus. The hypocrisy of that iron man isn't paying right reading Ron laying on the side. Nevermind thou shall not know Jesus and the Pharisees were frequent. They made all kinds of accusations about Jesus and Jesus challenged them for their pride and lack of faith today working to examine one of those encounters and encounter. When Jesus's life transforming ministry. Came head-to-head with the Pharisees religious technicalities. Here's the issue. How could Jesus claim to live a perfect life. If the religious leaders could accuse him of not following the Sabbath will stay with us. As Stephen debuted teachers from Luke chapter 6 in a message he's calling Lord of the Sabbath and everything else one of my commentators on the text before us told the story of a group of middle school boys who were being given a tour of the church sanctuary by the senior pastor he was regaling them with the meaning behind the stained-glass windows and the use in the different. The court of elements they could see any just kinda droned on and on and on. Finally there in the lobby and one boy noticed a plaque some sort of memorial plaque hanging on the wall of his long list of names and he asked the pastor who they were. The pastor said they were members of the church should died in the service.

The boy asked which service the 930 or I didn't think that was funny either.

It reminded me of the truth. It people can be spiritually cold, toes, while at the same time never to serve as a vast difference between a religious experience and spiritual substance. There's a there's a vast difference between the traditions of man and the truth of God. That really becomes the point of where we find ourselves. Let me invite you to take your copy of the New Testament and go back to the gospel by Luke were now in chapter 6, and this is really going to be the point that Jesus reinforces why turning let me inform you that this is can also be the moment in the Lord's public ministry when the gloves come off the conflict between the religious leaders and Jesus is going to boil over here in chapter 6, verse one on the Sabbath while he was going through grain fields. His disciples plopped and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. Some of the Pharisees said why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath only set this up. The religious leaders of his day believed Israel was under the rule of Roman subjugation the Roman Empire because the Jewish people were not serious enough about keeping the Sabbath. They were keeping the rules that rabbis were teaching the nation that was signed would not could not come, he would not come from them. He would not release them.

He would not arrive until they Perfectly the set. So this is not a trivial matter.

If this is a matter of national importance, and Jesus isn't helping the calls, noticing the crux of the matter. Verse two.

Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath. What you doing why you doing what are supposed to be doing. What are they doing walking through.

We feel some heads of grain, popping the kernels into their mouths to silence their growling stomachs epidemic. They forgot to pack a lunch and the Pharisees's you guys are breaking the law. Well, not really, that the Old Testament law actually allowed hungry people to pull it happen off the branch from somebody's orchard were to pick heads of grain is traveling to make a quick meal for their journey, they they just can't bring a bushel basket out there fill it up. Deuteronomy chapter 23, but according to the technicalities of her medical law and they had added thousands of ordinances and laws to the simple commands of God according to their disciples picked some heads of grain. They were thickly reaching when they erupted in their hands to separate the kernels and they blew off the chat they were technically winnowing poplars kernels into their mouth they were technically eating prepared meals in the Pharisees project breaking the law, not told Mrs. here, the Pharisees could no longer tell the difference between their tradition and God's truth.

They can't tell the difference. And frankly there's so caught up with the sound of the room boys.

They just assume that whenever they speak God speaking out of what Jesus does. Here he doesn't get into a debate on the nuances of the technicalities of their application or misinterpretation of the law. He basically says you mentioned that we were doing is unlawful about much of the law because it brings the passage to my mind go back to first Samuel chapter 21. Let's take a look again at something that happened here. I'm sure you've read noticed with six verse three you not read. I know you've read this. So let's go back, have you not read what David did when he was hungry.

He and those who were with him how we entered the house of God took and ate the bread of the presence which is not lawful for any but the priest to eat but also gave those with not only the priests were allowed to eat this bread after it had been replaced. These 12 loads with fresh bread there on the table of showbread inside the holy point every Sabbath, the priests would take the old love and eat them for dinner, but David, who was God's anointed in the service of God while with him. The rules are suspended. His hunger is a bigger issue that their regulation in this passage in first Samuel by the way also suggested since the loaves of bread had just been changed. He did this on the Sabbath, but the Pharisees are not about to get data. King David not own words against him.

See, this is the heart of legalism. The Pharisees are going to use Scripture to justify whatever they want to justify and condemn whatever they want to condemn but Jesus is and let them play games with God's word so he will watch the sort of puts in our hermeneutical headlock here and effectively says look at David for eating consecrated bread condemn us for eating raw grain. By the way is little history lesson Jesus makes ever so slightly. The implication of the connection between David who was God's anointed, and himself, who was God's. The Pharisees now this moment are just sorta standing there in order mouths open, realizing that Jesus just checkmated them and their sort of mulling over the implication of this analogy between David and I went to Jesus you know and Jesus lots of you and I just sorta stood many moves from giving him a little history to dropping the hammer just giving them a little theology. And he said to them, the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. Now the Son of Man happens to be a favorite expression. Jesus uses for himself. It's a messianic title of favorite title. He'll use and it means that that that the Son of Man is sovereign over the Sabbath. No way. The second who created the Sabbath God Genesis chapter 2 at the end of creation week. So Jesus is essentially saying here what happened to be the sovereign who created the Sabbath because I'm more the Lord over it at the creator is always greater than that which is created so just announcing to you. I am creator God, did they get better believe I got it. You can imagine the shock of the statement Jesus is essentially saying you've taken the Sabbath and you've twisted it all off with your traditions and your laws and your ordinances while untangling taking it back. It belongs to me while I am Lord, I am Jehovah, I am Jehovah over that which I created no were not given the reaction here. I think Luke wants to save it for the next event. So let's go to verse six on another Sabbath. Note that this it looks as well here we go again on another Sabbath he entered the synagogue and in this time is teaching, and a man was there. His right hand was withered and the scribes and the Pharisees watched him. Jesus, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath so that they might find a reason to accuse him.

Mark's gospel Matthew also includes this by the Mark's gospel uses language. It informs us that this man was not born handicapped.

Something had happened that had caused him to lose the use of his right hand. In fact, only Luke, however, being the doctor tells us which hand it was it was the right hand, which made his condition all the more perilous the volume so Dr. Luke tells us that his right hand was with her that Greek term means dried up atrophy towards his muscles to that graffiti.

He couldn't extend his fingers. He couldn't grasp up loudly couldn't hold the tools of a carpenter reason. Desperate conditions affect the manuscript from the second century fragments exist, have survived to this point, it refers actually to this of this passage in and add the information that this man had been a stonemason, but he lost his livelihood in an accident, then he was now too ashamed to be a backer couldn't bring himself to begging what you notice here that he's in the synagogue. An interesting in running away from God. In spite of the fact that his livelihood is in desperate need. His career is more likely over to that was even apprenticed to that which he had learned to that career which supported his family that's now really means no doubt confused here ease these.

He's desperate but he's in the synagogue. Now, again according to the expanded man-made rules of the Pharisees, the teaching of the rabbis we got a problem here. This is the Sabbath and according to them, it was technically unlawful to practice medicine on the Sabbath. Of course it was now IN a sin in our culture it's it's difficult on Sunday.

You know, to find a dentist or an available doctor usually don't operate on Sundays, but for them it would be unlawful. Anyway, that the rabbis taught cold water could not be poured on his sprained ankle or hand you said that you know suffer through it a cut finger. They taught might be advantage but not with only men and others even stop the bleeding all over the house but you can't, you know, Brittany Neosporin on it. Medical attention could be given only for life was in danger in this man's life is not in danger to Hilo. Whatever essentially provided medical release that was against the rules of the Sabbath shows that the Pharisees and did you catch your verse seven that the Pharisees are watching Jesus. In other words they know this disabled man is in the audience. In this worship service and they know that Jesus enjoys doing some interesting things to disabled people write the work for watching. By the way, is a word that means to spy on one translator right it would going to watch out the corner of your eyes, so there is a God service singing probably only rejoicing. There are not closing your eyes during prayer. There are not really listening. They didn't come to the synagogue Sabbath to worship God. They came to spy on Jesus makes me wonder why we're here today.

Are you spying on someone, are you here to make up for the way you lived over the weekend.

Are you here to feel a little more religious about yourself and you know you really are, we come to watch people or worship God.

We we can all play the role Pharisee with great skill and precision. Jesus knew what was going on and notice rights. Luke does in verse eight, and he knew there thoughts of this original construction betrays that he knew their thoughts all along. He knew it all along. He knew what they were thinking before they'd even showed up. He knew what they be thinking at this moment, he knew that they thought this was going to be the perfect set up to catch him once again breaking the rules, but Jesus is going to set them up to reveal once again who we was verse eight. Luke records but he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with a withered hand, and stand here and he rose and stood there had to slow down.

This is going to be a public demonstration.

Jesus is not you know I got a whisper little world of healing. At the end of the services people are filing out and in this man looks down. It was one my hand is healed. How that happened, who did know not that at all. This is a standup in the middle of the congregation in the middle of the service so that everybody can be great. It was going be right in her face is NBA all over him of these Pharisees and how great is this go get on ward. I love these passages where the second of the flash Jesus love these Pharisees as much as he loved this disabled man. He came to die for them to this man had a crippled body. They then crippled theology. This man had a withered hand. They had withered horns.

Praise God for the mercy and grace of our Lord. Mrs. this is actually one more opportunity for them to believe what he meant what he said I ward.

I am Jehovah over that which I've created #Jesus said to them, here's this guy standing in the middle.

I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good work to do harm to save life or to destroy it. That's helpful to understand that Matthew adds to this account that Jesus listed in the illustration about how one others. She fell into a pit when they bring it out rather than wait while it suffered in misery and then Jesus ends that illustration.

The method record by saying how much more value is a man then as she get this, especially by the way, in our generation from the very lips of the creator as a human being's life is more valuable then an animal such shocking revelation for today. So why would you want to relieve the suffering of an animal all and not relieve the suffering of a human being.

Now this point, I kind of imagined nobodies breathing. You could hear a pin drop.

Just like when I'm preaching verse 10 and after looking around at the mall. He said him looking at them spiritually, and he says to him, stretch out your hand and he did so, and his hand was restored the word for restored means it became like it had been before.

Before the accident saw not slowing immediately. You know, not eventually. So here right in the middle of the synagogue in front of everybody was blood flow.

Muscle mass re-created tendon nerve enjoying a meal and restarted it.

It's as if somebody blew air shriveled up balloon or like a flat tire. Suddenly filled with Eric his hand suddenly feels that take shape just like you been before and this place around us with fury. Verse 11 tells us these Pharisees are now discussing with one another what they might do to Jesus, Matthew adds how they are going to kill Jesus. Imagine the hypocrisy of that iron I break people all you did it or there's a man, you cannot do's and paying your break no longer eating raw grain on the on the Sabbath horror but were getting killed. Nevermind thou shalt not kill.

It's possible to appear religious and high heart of rebellion against God. I also imagine this place, erecting with joy and tears and hugs this man's family more than likely among them, and anxious wife perhaps wondering how they will ever survive the future. He can't hold his stonemasons tools. He refuses to bag what in the world are we going to do. Suddenly their lives are turned right side up. Miraculously, it's the authority it's it's the power of the word of this man who is indeed able to do on the Sabbath and with the Sabbath anything he wants to do can't miss the power of his word here strikes me. Jesus says to this man stretch out your hand and he believed and applied the word of Christ was life will change the rest of his life.

What about us. Jesus said to these Pharisees. Have you never read you will say that often have you read what he means is I know you read it, but you're not getting it. Your reading it, but you're not believing that your reading it, but you're not applying it to your alive, it's possible to read the Scriptures without applying the Scriptures to our lives. It's possible what is the tax and miss the truth what is it about God's word. You have difficulty applying to your own heart. If you come in today. You're finding it difficult to apply truth of God's faithfulness to God has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13 five. Have you never read that what you have read what you'll find it.

God will never leave me nor forsake me, have you never read are you doubting your salvation. Jesus said whoever comes to me I will not cast out. 637 did you come to him yeah but you know I'm really not sure. I came to them in the right way like they were the right words are given the right motive force. I came in the right spirit of you know was I really repented when I came that I really understand exactly what I meant to do or should do what I came with findings to the full impact of what would happen when I came did you come to him, he will not cast you out, you never read Jesus says to this man.

Reach out your hand. You can reach out his hand on work is muscles are gone, we can feel his hand, much less movement, Jesus tells him to do something impossible to go against everything he feels everything he knows everything. He is become everything he knows he can't do. Reach out your hand.

Much of that moment in the word of Christ is believed, and in that moment of obedience. He experiences a miraculous occurrence. Everyone's effort.the point Jesus is Lord of everything. Thanks for joining us today.

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