International Subject: Honoring the Sabbath
U.H.S.C. Subject: Heal Me Now Christ Hurley
Lesson Text: Luke 6:1-11
1. And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
2. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
3. And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;
4. How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
5. And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
6. And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
7. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
8. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
9. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
10. And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
11. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
I. Harvesting on the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-5)
II. Healing on the Sabbath (Luke 6:6-11)
Time: AD 31
General Theme: “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” — Romans 13:10
This lesson illustrates what happens when people allow their religious practices to become more important to them than the God of their religion. The Sabbath carries with it many special meanings. The Sabbath has its roots in Genesis 1, when God “rested” on the seventh day of creation. The Sabbath, Saturday, is designated as a day of rest in Judaism. However, the Pharisees were so obsessed with finding fault with Jesus’ ministry that they failed to see their own foolishness. Was there really something wrong with Jesus and the disciplines getting some ears of corn to eat on the Sabbath?
The foolishness of the Pharisees is even more magnified by their reaction to the healing. While it is true that the Mosaic Law prohibits work on the Sabbath, does anybody in their right mind really believe God wouldn’t want someone healed on the Sabbath? The Pharisees’ argument was that healing is “work” and therefore prohibited on the Sabbath They were correct in the first part of their analysis. Healing is work—God’s holy work. Instead of finding fault with Jesus, they should’ve been healing the sick with him. And when Jesus told them that he himself was the Lord of the Sabbath, they hated him the more.
We notice from verse 6 that these events happened on different Sabbaths, which means at least a week passed between these events. At this point, the Pharisees had become so obsessed with finding ways to hinder Jesus’ ministry, they stopped advancing their own. Don’t ever allow yourself to fall into this trap. Princess Georgia Latimer often said, “Stay out of those cliques.” If you find yourself going out of your way to tear someone down, who isn’t doing anything that bad, check yourself. Ask yourself why you aren’t spending your time uplifting at least one of the billions of lost souls in this world.