“Messing Up the Sabbath!” (2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23-3:6)Rev. Dr. Marjorie E. Nunes, June 3, 2018
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday service
The Shabbat laws are quite complex, requiring careful study and a qualified teacher. It's often overwhelming and seems like an impossible number of restrictions. The Sabbath was intended to be a day for restful activities that complement a close relationship with God. Appreciating God’s creation in some easy, leisurely way, is an inspiring activity quite appropriate for a Christian to do on the Sabbath day. On the Sabbath day, the Christian should rest from working for a livelihood. The Sabbath is a time for a Christian to study God’s word and spend extra time in prayer and meditation. God commands His people to come together on the Sabbath day to fellowship and to hear His Word expounded. All these are what a Christian should do to observe the Sabbath. But instead…!
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2 Corinthians 4:5-12
5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12So then death worketh in us, but life in you. (KJV)
23And 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. 24And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? 25And 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? 26How 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? 27And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 2And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 4And 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. 5And 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. 6And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. (KJV)