Monday, December 19, 2005

Mark - Sabbath rules, Jesus Rules!

Sabbath rules, Jesus Rules!

Mark 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
Mark 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

According to the many interpretations of the sabbath, Jesus and his disciples had broken two of their sabbath ordinances. They were traveling and working, as plucking ears of barley was considered harvesting. The law of gleaning from fields allowed for the harvesting with the hands to satisfy hunger, gleaning was allowed by the law, but their theological interpretation of the sabbath was restrictive.

Lev 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.

Mark 2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
Mark 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the showbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

If it were lawful for the priests, then as servants they could share. They were to share spiritual bread and why not bread to the hungry? Many, then and now, preferred to serve condemnation. We are to be ministers of truth and life.

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

It was made for man, to rest from his labors and to seek God. Jesus was God and he sought His Father's will all the time.

Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

As God the Son, Jesus was Lord of the sabbath. We as Gentiles in Jesus do not fall under the Jewish law of the Saturday sabbath, we can commune with God every day for Jesus is our rest. It is still good to set one day aside unto God. The Christian tradition is to observe Sunday as the day of seeking the Lord and resting from work, for he arose from the grave on the first day of the week. Jesus is Lord of the sabbath, worship Him with the Father, through the Holy Spirit.

John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

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