Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Lord's Day


Matthew 12: 1-14

Story & Lessons

The scribes and Pharisees made Sabbath keeping a great burden and misery with all their petty rules and regulations.

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They were very quick to criticize the disciples for plucking ears of corn on the Sabbath in order to feed themselves.

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The Lord Jesus Christ showed their blindness to the teaching of the Scriptures when He asked them twice, "Have you not read?" (3, 5).

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He reminded their critics that David had done an unlawful thing by eating the showbread.

Sabbath laws must be overruled when there is a need to be met.

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The Lord Jesus Christ pointed out that the Jewish priests were obliged to desecrate the Sabbath because of their necessary duties.

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The Lord Jesus Christ taught that human need must be met on the Sabbath just as it is on any other day.

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The Sabbath was made for man, not to be a burden but a blessing.

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Mercy is far more important than outward religious observance.

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The Lord Jesus Christ reminded them, "The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath".

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The Pharisees tried to make the Lord Jesus Christ say that He would break the law when they saw a man in the synagogue with a withered hand.

They asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"

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The Lord Jesus Christ pointed out that if they had a sheep which is trapped in a pit on the Sabbath, they would certainly rescue it.

A man is more important than a sheep!

Jesus said, "Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath" and He healed the man.

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The churlish Pharisees had no compassion for the handicapped man.

They were annoyed to see him healed on the Sabbath.

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They were so rigid in their interpretation of the law.

Yet they plotted to murder the Lord Jesus Christ on the Sabbath!

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Is Jesus the Lord of our Sabbaths?

If He is, the Lord's Day should be the highlight of our week.

We are able to worship God with His people.

We are to do good.

And we are to show compassion to those in need.

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