Posted By Amazing Moments Staff on August 1, 2014
By: Min. Jeremy Hammonds
Matthew 12: 1-8 NIV 1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” 3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Thoughts and Reflections
As we complete the seventh and final lesson in this series, let us sum up the essence of the scripture and the previous six lessons holistically. Now, the Sabbath was made to serve mankind, not for mankind to serve the Sabbath—the purpose of the Mosaic Law including the Sabbath was so its teaching would lead us to Christ. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law because the Law’s purpose was to point us to Christ (Gal. 3:23-25). Christ knew that His resurrection would put the Law to death and bring faith to life. Essentially when we accept Jesus, we die to the condemnation of the Law and we are raised to life in Christ by our faith (Rom. 7:4).
Now whether you are a Christian or not, it is important to remember that obedience to the Law can only be rightfully accomplished according to its intended purpose. What is greatly important, is that Christ is the fulfillment (completion) of the Law. The Law was completed (perfected) in Christ, meaning there is nothing else to do (work, i.e. human effort) in order to be righteous or obtain salvation. Christ encompassed the Laws’ purpose. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ, now dead to the Law and currently living by the spirit by faith, now rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us how to walk out the Laws purpose in the Word of God, in the way that pleases Him in what He has specifically purposed for our lives. Not according to rules, but according to the purpose for which those rules (the Law in this case) were established.
The Pharisees thought that going to the Synagogue on the Sabbath and following the Law to the strictest degree was what made them righteous in God’s sight; hence their constant rebuke of the actions of Jesus and His disciples. Jesus was trying to show the Pharisees that what they thought was not keeping the Sabbath day holy or set apart, by doing what was not lawful, was in fact lawful by Jesus’ standard because He knew the ultimate purpose of every law of course, He made the Law! The Pharisees actually did what was unlawful because they observed the tradition they created on top of the Law—above God’s Law (Matt 15:3-9)! Jesus knew that His eventual death and resurrection would mean freedom from the condemnation of the Law and the fulfillment of its purpose.
There is nothing that anyone can do to keep a day holy simply by works alone. It is by faith alone—through our works by which we honor Him in doing those things which He has purposed us to do (Jas. 2:17): taking care of kids, family, friends, spending time with loved ones, reading, relaxing; putting God first in everything we do—that God is pleased (Heb. 11:6). This is why loving God above all else and loving your neighbor fulfills the Law! No one who loves God seeks to sin against Him, trusting in God and God alone to lead them. Therefore let us seek to honor God every day in all that we do, whether we are working or resting. Whatever our conviction to honor God is, let it stay between us and God.
Share it only as the Holy Spirit leads, for the edifying of mankind and to demonstrate the love of Christ to the lost. Everyone honors God differently. Let us love one another. Live in peace with our sister and brother, building up the Kingdom of God by reaching out to the lost rather than judging others who genuinely work to honor God in everything they do. If you are not a Christian, I pray that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; that you would learn to give generously and love unconditionally. I pray this for all Christians as well. And may the peace of God that surpasses all understanding rest, rule, and abide in your life forever and ever. Amen. (Phil 4:7)
The next lesson will be August 15th, 2014
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