Talks for Growing Christians
The Lord of the Sabbath
Lesson Number 10
- The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
- Bible stories should be used as precedents.
- Let's not miss the spirit of the law by keeping the letter of the law.
- Of what were the Pharisees accusing Jesus' disciples?
- How did the Lord answer their accusation?
- What did the Lord say concerning the Sabbath? Why did the Lord say to keep the Sabbath? Is the Sabbath given as a law in the New Testament?
- How might we miss the spirit of the law?
- What is the difference between a regulatory law and a moral law? Give an example of each.
- What is it called when a moral law is broken and justified by circumstances?
- Not of stealing, but of working on the Sabbath. The law required that some grain be left (Deuteronomy 23:25; Leviticus 19:9-10). It would seem the Pharisees considered that the plucking of a few ears of grain was reaping, that rubbing them together was threshing, and that blowing away chaff was winnowing. Therefore, they concluded, the disciples were "working" on the Sabbath.
- See Mark 2:25-28
- He was saying that you must distinguish between ceremonial/civil law and moral law. It forces man to rest and give him time to think about God. It also protected servants who needed rest. It is not given as a law in the New Testament
- By keeping the letter of the law, as the Pharisees did.
- A regulatory law is a civil law made for the good of a community (e.g., speed limits). A moral law is a law of God (e.g., "Do not commit adultery").
- Situation ethics.
- Read 1 Samuel 21:1-6 to refresh your memory of the "David story." Did the Lord affirm or disclaim this account?
- Should we give thanks publicly for our food?
- Does thanking God for a meal ever become a ritual with you? If so, how could you recapture the spirit of the law of thanksgiving? Make it a point to recapture the spirit of thanksgiving in all of your prayers.
- "Jesus said, 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (Mark 2:27-28).