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Luke 6:1-16

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Proper Use of the Sabbath; The Call of the Apostles

Luke 6:1-16

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Lesson Number 15

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
  2. Important decisions demand much prayer.

Practical Application

  1. Have we ever spent a whole night in prayer?
  2. Let God’s strength be seen in your weakness.

Questions

  1. Why were the scribes and Pharisees hoping Jesus would “break the Sabbath”?
  2. How was the evil heart of the Pharisees exposed?
  3. How do these Sabbath conflicts relate to the parables Jesus told in Luke 5:36-39?
  4. Why did the Lord condone David’s actions of eating the consecrated bread, which only the priests were to eat?
  5. What is the difference between a disciple and an apostle?

Answers

  1. So they could accuse Jesus of breaking their man-made rules about the Sabbath.
  2. They reacted in anger when the Lord showed compassion and restored the man’s withered hand.
  3. The parables of the old and new cloth and the new wine in old wineskins, showed the contrast between the old teachings of Judaism and the new teachings of our Lord. These Sabbath confrontations are a perfect example.
  4. Normally these laws were to be observed, but in a situation when people are in serious need of food, such a matter supercedes the ceremonial or civil law.
  5. The Lord had many disciples, people who followed Him and believed on Him. Out of the many disciples the Lord chose twelve of them to be His special apostles and gave them power to do miracles.

Discuss/Consider

  1. “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” This did not mean that Jesus should break the Sabbath, but as the Creator of the Sabbath, He had the right view and right interpretation of the Law concerning the Sabbath. Discuss this biblical truth: “The Creator is over what He has created.”
  2. Even Jesus, the Son of God, spent diligent time in prayer before making the important decision of selecting His disciples. What important decisions are you facing right now? Are you making prayer a significant part of your decision making process?

Challenge

  1. Have you ever spent a whole night in prayer? Consider this the next time you face a major decision.

Key Verses

  • “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” Luke 6:5
  • “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” Luke 6:9

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