Luke 6:1-16 Different from the “status quo”.
In the movie Forrest Gump a medical Dr. examines Forrest and tells his mother that her son is different, “Your boy, Mrs. Gump, he’s different.” Jesus was different and in today’s text, as in last weeks, we see that difference being observed and causing concern.
Today’s text begins with one of those real original scratch your head references that exist in various parts of the Bible. What does Luke mean when he says, “the second Sabbath after the first”? ______________________________________________________________________
We find Jesus and the disciples walking through the fields, and since they were hungry, they plucked the heads off of the grain and ate them. ____________________________________
The Pharisees have another problem with Jesus, because He is different. They view this action as a violation of the Sabbath, in light of God’s command, “but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” Exodus 20:10 Taking the grain is not an issue. Deuteronomy 23:25 prescribes this practice as acceptable, a gracious provision of supply for those in need. The question is by what authority does Jesus do work on the Sabbath?
Jesus answers - 1 Samuel 20:1-7. Jesus summarizes the key pertinent details: “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat.” ________________________
Here are the parabolic elements:
David and Jesus were both God’s anointed person, even though the nation had yet to recognize them as King. ______________________________________________________
Both David and Jesus were being closely watched. ______________________________
Authority is the issue, thus Jesus statement, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” __________________________________________________________________________ Indeed, Your Son, Most High God, is different!!
In recent weeks we have looked at:
The healing of a leper – only God can heal leprosy. (Jewish thought)
Jesus forgave the sins of the paralytic – only God can forgive sins.
Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.
Now Luke relates another Sabbath event. Jesus heals the man with the withered hand.
Verse 7 shows the “spying” and the intention behind it, “that they might find an accusation against Him”. The Lord knows their thoughts so the man is asked, “Arise and stand here”.
So Jesus asks the Pharisees this question, a pointed question concerning principle: “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or do evil, to save life or destroy?” With great deliberation Jesus then heals the man, restoring the withered hand “as whole as the other”.
Their reaction shows the nature of their hearts, self-centered and unteachable. ________
The focus changes now to how Jesus prepared for choosing the twelve. Prayer. All night. This must be important! We will begin here next week.
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