The Crime of All Ages

The Sabbath In The New Testament

Exceptions to the Sabbath Law and Entrapment.

 
Matthew 12:1-16  Mark 2:23-3:1  Luke 6:1-11 
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. 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. 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.
3. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4. 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? (An exception)
5. 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? (Exception)
6. But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple.
7. But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. (Mentioned earlier in this course)
8. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
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.

 

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.

 

9. And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10.And, behold, there was a man which had [his] hand withered. And they asked him, 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? (Exception)
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.
1. And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
2. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
A>nd he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
4. 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.
5. And when he 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.
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.
14. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.  6. And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him 11. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
 

    Is the New Testament Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday? Does it start at midnight, noon or sunset? Elsewhere in this course you will find an answer that is as unusual as this course - Stay tuned!

They - The Wicked

   You may recall, (In Church Of The Holy Trinity v. U.S.) that someone (a Pharisee?) was watching Trinity Church. When they saw Rev. Warren they asked, Where did he come from? When they discovered the circumstances of how Rev. Warren came from England to America, they accused Trinity Church of violating "the law" prohibiting the importation of alien labor.

    The Supreme Court agreed that Trinity Church did violate the letter of the law but that the church did not violate the spirit of the law. Here in Matthew, Mark and Luke we find a similar situation. People did violate the letter of the Sabbath day law, but they did not violate the spirit of the law. (The Pharisees wanted sacrifice rather than mercy.) Just as some was watching Rev. Warren, someone was watching Jesus and his disciples. 

Psalms 11:2 For, lo, the wicked bend [their] bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

Psalms 37:12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

Psalms 37:14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, [and] to slay such as be of upright conversation.

Psalms 37:32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

Psalms 109:2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.

Psalms 119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

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Question 54: Concerning the opening words of Matthew 12:10, "And, behold" which is somewhat like a sarcastic "Well, what do you know!" (1) They knew Jesus was coming. (2) They knew he would come to the synagogue. Therefore, which is probably true:

  The sick man just happened to be in the synagogue.

  To carry out their plan, they made sure that a sick man would be in the synagogue when Jesus arrived. (The wicked have laid a snare for me:)