November 12, 2023 - Sunday 10:00 AM CST
Lord Of The Sabbath
1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath He was passing through some grain fields, and His disciples were picking and eating the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 3 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him, 4 how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the consecrated bread which is not lawful for any to eat except the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?” 5 And He was saying to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 6 Now it happened that on another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He heals on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. 8 But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he stood up and came forward. 9 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?” 10 And after looking around at them all, He said to him, “Stretch out your hand!” And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they themselves were filled with rage, and were discussing together what they might do to Jesus.
“Mishnah lists thirty-nine classes of work that profane the Sabbath, including those we might expect, such as plowing, hunting, butchering; and those we would not, such as tying or loosening knots, sewing more than one stitch, or writing more than one letter. Rabbis endeavored to offer a rule, or at least a precedent, for every conceivable Sabbath question. The metarule of Sabbath observance was not to begin a work that might extend into Sabbath, and not to do any work on the Sabbath that was not absolutely necessary to preserve life.” James R. Edwards