MESSAGE NOTES

 

Matthew 12:1-21,
1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples
were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.  2  When the
Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is
unlawful on the Sabbath.”
3  He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were
hungry?  4  He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the
consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the
priests.  5  Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the
temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?  6  I tell you that something
greater than the temple is here.  7  If you had known what these words mean, ‘I
desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ [a]  you would not have condemned the innocent.  8  For
the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9  Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,  10  and a man with a
shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against
Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11  He 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?  12  How much more valuable is a person
than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13  Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it
was completely restored, just as sound as the other.  14  But the Pharisees went out
and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30, 
28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  29  Take
my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you
will find rest for your souls.  30  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
1. Mercy Trumps Ritual
Matthew 12:3-4,

3  He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were
hungry?  4  He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the
consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests
Matthew 12:5-6,
5  Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple
desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?  6  I tell you that something greater
than the temple is here.
Matthew 12:7,
7  If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you
would not have condemned the innocent.
2. Jesus has Authority over the Sabbath
Matthew 12:9-14,
9  Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue,  10  and a man with a
shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against
Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11  He 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?  12  How much more valuable is a person
than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13  Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it
was completely restored, just as sound as the other.  14  But the Pharisees went out
and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
3. It’s Good to do Good on the Sabbath

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