Lord of the Sabbath
Last time we were together, the question was asked concerning the practice of fasting. The disciples of John were wondering why they fasted and why the disciples of the Pharisees fasted but Jesus and His disciples didn’t. The answer came from the mouth of Jesus that it is inappropriate to fast when the Bridegroom is present. When the Bridegroom is present celebrating is appropriate. Their fasting had developed as a result of man’s tradition rather than God’s Word.
Now, Luke takes us deeper into the observance of man’s traditions verses God’s Word. In this example as in the example from last week, Luke shows us that Jesus is not concerned with man’s interpretation and rules but with God’s Word alone. He shows us the appropriate way in which to keep the OT Sabbath and then we can apply much of this teaching to the NT Lord’s Day and follow Jesus’ example there as well. So, in speaking to the Pharisees that day, Jesus teaches us many things concerning God’s will.
We have before us two conflicts between Jesus and the Pharisees. The first had to do with acts of necessity and the other with acts of mercy.
To begin with, let’s set the principle of the Sabbath teaching in context, then deduce from the Words of Jesus how we should understand His teaching in light of the New Covenant Lord’s Day.
The Sabbath principle is a creation principle God has ordained it for man since the creation. The point is this isn’t a Jewish ritual but was ordained by God for all mankind, Jew and Gentile alike because it was instituted before there even was such a thing as a Jew.
God created everything in six days and rested on the seventh consecrating it as a day of rest for man. God did not need to take six days to create and He didn’t need to rest on the seventh, God doesn’t get tired and He could have created everything all at once, in a split second if He chose to do so. Continue Reading