One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath, so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. [NRSV]
When someone speaks truth and it does not agree with our understanding of the truth:
- Do we learn from them or attack them
- Do we change our minds or put out minds to work how to get rid of them
- Do we admit our sin, repent and follow them or become consumed with defending our own truth.
The question is put to them
- Which is more loving?
- Which is more harmful?
To break the rule and help a person
Or to keep the rule and harm the person?
There is a third option:
maybe there ARE exceptions to the rule AND maybe telling to truth hurts when we don’t want to hear something that sounds unacceptable or inconvenient to us?
God made the Sabbath for us
The concept of sabbath rest is time to rest from labor and enjoy walking in the garden of eden with God
We are no longer in the garden of eden and thus our resting with God, retreating with God.
yet, Sabbath is a basic and integral part of our relationship with God.
Creation is ordered, formed, filled and blessed as God’s good work for our benefit. Part of the order of creation is the reservation of space and time for walking with God in the Garden, Sabbath.
Q: What can you do today that would most reconnect you with the God of creation having a desired to be in a good relationship with you?
Is it for our benefit or God’s
In have a question: if there are two thousand years between Adam and Eve and Moses, where is are the instructions about the sabbath.
The opportunity is built into creation but not teach for thousands of year’s.
The direction to keep the sabbath holy begins in creation, is assumed in the wilderneness gathering manna during six says, but formally observe it as a practice and tradition comes for the Ten Commandments with Moses.
our benefit to in Gods presence
Jesus gives the life-long faithful a test. What honors God the most: keeping the law, rules and traditions or healing and making someone whole.
The dilemma in this case is not about is it good to heal, rather which is better: to sin or heal someone from sin.
Not just an absence of work
It is day to trust God
So we come to the table
The Lord has prepared for us
For our benefit
Come and eat, be nourished
And be present in God and gods Spirit in you through Jesus Christ