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Jesus "The Lord of the Sabbath"...Has Come To Set Us Free!

Luke 6:1-10 New International Version

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath 6 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” 6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored.

Thursday - February 17

Again, Luther’s Law and Gospel distinction is at work. The Law of God stipulated that work could not be done on the Sabbath, which was a day of rest and worship. Throughout Jewish and even Christian history, people have misunderstood this Law. Imagine if you were a slave, like the Israelites in Egypt in the book of Exodus. Do slaves get days off? Maybe if their masters show them pity. After God freed the Israelites he gave them the 10 Commandments. “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy” was a command. It was also a reminder that they were NOT slaves anymore. However, the religious leaders used the Sabbath Laws to enslave people. You can’t pick grain to eat if you are hungry? You can’t heal someone who is hurting? Simply because it is the wrong day? Because it is technically a kind of “work”? That is slavery. Jesus has come to set us free! He is the “Lord of the Sabbath” who comes to give us eternal Sabbath rest (see Gen. 2:1-3).

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