Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5; Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11

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READ and STUDY the WORD

The Disciples Pick Wheat On The Sabbath

Matthew 12:1-8 (KJV) 1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and His disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto Him, Behold, Thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.  But He said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Mark 2:23-28 (KJV) 23 And it came to pass, that He (Jesus) went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and His disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.  24 And the Pharisees said unto Him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?  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?  26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27 And He said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Luke 6:1-5 (KJV) 1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that He (Jesus) went through the corn fields; and His disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.  And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?  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; 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? And He (Jesus) said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Jesus Heals A Man’s Hand On The Sabbath

Matthew 12:9-14 (KJV) And when He (Jesus) was departed thence, He went into their synagogue: 10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked Him (Jesus), saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse Him.  11 And He said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?  12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.  13 Then saith He to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.  14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against Him (Jesus), how they might destroy Him.

Mark 3:1-6 (KJV) 1 And He (Jesus) entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.  And they watched Him, whether He would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse Him.  And He (Jesus) saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.  And He saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.  And when He (Jesus) had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.  And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him (Jesus), how they might destroy Him.

Luke 6:6-11 (KJV) And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that He (Jesus) entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.  And the scribes and Pharisees watched Him (Jesus), whether He would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against Him.  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.  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.

1. What did the disciples do as they walked through a cornfield on the sabbath day (Matthew 12:1; Mark 2:23; Luke 6:1)? The disciples were hunger and plucked the ears of corn and ate the corn.

2. What did the Pharisees accuse the disciples of doing (Matthew 12:2; Mark 2:24; Luke 6:2)? The Pharisees accused the disciples of breaking the Sabbath law.  (My Bible notes say the Pharisees had determined harvesting was forbidden on the Sabbath.  They had no room for compassion for those who were hungry.)

3. Of what situations did Jesus remind the Pharisees (Matthew 12:3-5; Mark 2:25-26; Luke 6:3-4)? Jesus reminded the Pharisees when David and those with him were hunger they ate the shewbread in the temple (see I Samuel 21:1-6 where it says the priest gave them permission). And Jesus reminded the Pharisees that priest worked on the Sabbath by performing sacrifices and conducting worship services.

4. For whom is the Sabbath made and who is Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:27; Luke 6:5)?  The Sabbath is made for man and Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.

5. Who did Jesus encounter as He entered the synagogue (Matthew 12:9-10a; Mark 3:1; Luke 6:6)? Jesus encountered a mans with a withered hand.

6. What question was Jesus asked and why was He asked this question (Matthew 12:10; Mark 3:2; Luke 6:7)? Some in the synagogue asked, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?  They asked this question because they were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus.

7. What did Jesus say to the man with the withered hand (Luke 6:8)? For him to get up, and stand in front of everyone.

8. What did Jesus say to those in the synagogue (Matthew 12:11-12; Mark 3:4; Luke 6:9)? “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

9. What was Jesus’ reaction to the people and then what did He say to and do for the man with the withered hand (Mark 3:5a; Luke 6:10a)?  Jesus looked around at them all and then said to the man “Stretch out your hand.”  

10. What was the man’s response to Jesus (Matthew 12:13b; Mark 3:5b; Luke 6:10b)? The man stretched out his hand and was completely restored.

11. How did the people in the synagogue react (Matthew 12:14; Mark 3:6; Luke 6:11)? They were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 6:9 KJV 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?”  What do you understand this verse to mean?

MEDITATE on the WORD

Have you ever judged what someone was doing on Sunday?  I have.  While judging someone else I may be sinning.  Ponder these questions: What is Sabbath work? And who should be judging it?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 12:11-12 NIV He (Jesus) said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

When I judge others, I’m no better than those Pharisees who were trying to catch Jesus “breaking” the Sabbath law.  I need to examine my own life and repent of my own “violations.”

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

I shouldn’t point out others’ faults, shortcomings, sins unless the Lord has really impressed upon me to do so. Even then my sharing needs to be with loving words and actions.  

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not judge others (Matthew 12:2; Mark 2:24).  Lord, I pray we will show mercy to those around us (Matthew 12:7).  Lord, I pray we will give a helping hand no matter the day of the week (Matthew 12:11-12; Luke 6:9).   Lord, I pray we will remember the Sabbath was made for us and that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27; Luke 6:5). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I show mercy to those around us.” <>< Dona