We will pick up where we left off in the Tell me the story of Jesus voyage ... One Sabbath day, Jesus was walking through a field of corn and His disciples were hungry, so they started to pick the
corn and eat it. When the Pharisees saw them, they said to Jesus;
Look, your disciples are breaking the law of the Sabbath day. Jesus
answered, Haven't you read what David did when he and the people who
were with him were hungry? He went into the house of God and ate the
showbread, which wasn't lawful for him or his men to eat, but only for
the priests (1 Samuel 21:6
). And haven't you
read in the law how on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple work
on the Sabbath and are blameless (Numbers
But I tell you, in this place is One greater than
the Temple. What did He mean by that? The Pharisees had utmost respect
for the law, and the sacredness of the Temple, etc. Jesus was saying
that they respect the physical house of God before they respect God
Himself. He went on, But if you knew what
I meant when I said, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you
wouldn't have condemned the innocent. For the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath day.
So we find thus far in the Lord of the Sabbath Day Bible study that God had mercy on David and his men for eating the
showbread even though it was deemed to be against the law because God would obviously not
rather have David, His anointed, go hungry, in order to uphold the law
than be strengthened by the bread so he could defend God's people. The
Bible reveals that God takes circumstances into consideration when He
judges a matter and Jesus is sharing the Spiritual essence of the Sabbath Day meaning.
The commandment says, Thou shalt not kill. But
because Saul didn't kill Agag the king of the Amalekites and
all their best livestock, the Lord rejected him as king of Israel.
However, because David killed so many (even though he did it by
the Lordís commandment), he wasn't allowed to build the house of God.
There are different circumstances and different points of view to many
things. Jesus was pointing out to the Pharisees again that they didn't
understand the New Testament, I will have mercy and not sacrifice.
Now, do not believe that the Lord of the Sabbath Day Bible study means that you can use the New Testament as an excuse not
to obey God's law. God forbid. It means that when there are circumstances that
serve the Lord better than the law, God knows your heart and that your
intent wasn't to break the law, but to do the best for Him. Also,
remember that the government laws are different than the laws of God.
The police will not extend mercy to you if you ran a red light because
you were late for Church ... But, would God?
Back to seeking the whole truth of the Sabbath Day meaning ... Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on
another Sabbath and there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity
for eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no way lift
herself up. When Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said to her,
Woman, You are loosed from your infirmity. He laid His hands on her:
and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. The ruler of
the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on
the Sabbath day, and said to the people, There are six days in which
men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on
the Sabbath day.
The Lord then answered him, and said, You hypocrite,
does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from
the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman,
being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, look, these
eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?
On another Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue and taught. The
scribes and Pharisees watched Him, waiting to see if He would heal on
the Sabbath day so they could accuse Him. There was a man whose hand
was withered (crippled). The Pharisees asked Jesus, Is it lawful to
heal on the Sabbath days? Jesus said to the man, Stand up. Then He
said to the Pharisees, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or
to do evil? To save life, or to destroy it? But the Pharisees didn't
Jesus continued, Who among you, if you have one sheep and if
it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, wouldn't lift it out? How much
more is a man worth than a sheep? So, it is lawful to do good on the
(Pssssssst ... Starting to grasp the Sabbath Day meaning from the shared Words from Jesus in our Lord of the Sabbath Day Bible adventure?) He looked at the Pharisees with anger, and it grieved Him because they had no compassion and Jesus said to the man, Stretch out your hand. He
stretched it out and it was healed just like his other hand. Then the
Pharisees went out and had a meeting with Herod's people against
Jesus, conspiring how they could destroy Him.
But Jesus knew it, so He left there and huge crowds followed Him and He healed them all on that
Sabbath day and told them not to let anyone know so that the prophecy
would be fulfilled that Isaiah wrote (Isaiah
42:1-4), Behold my servant, whom
I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my Spirit
upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall
not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
In other words, He won't go shouting about the
miracles that He's done. As you've seen time and time again in the Lord of the Sabbath Day Bible study, He tells
people not to tell anyone, but they always go and spread the
news. A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He
not quench: He won't hurt anything or anyone, and those who refuse to
believe in Him, will burn.
He shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the
earth: and the isles (Gentiles) shall wait for His law. Justice will
prevail and His Gospel will be spread until the end of the world. And
the Gentiles will have their chance to accept Him as their Savior ...
In the Time of the Gentiles.
Jesus is so humble. He won't force you to believe in Him. He gives
you the choice. The Pharisees didn't believe and they persecuted Him
every chance they could.
The Lord of the Sabbath Day Bible study has revealed that the truth of the Sabbath Day meaning is that the Sabbath Day was made for man, not man made for the Sabbath day Bible laws. God is righteous and fair. Try and be the same and do not judge others.