Tuesday is here! Sabbath was one of the most important religious practices to 1st century Judaism. In this account Jesus' disciples are found breaking Sabbath by reaping (plucking grain-Deut. 23.25) and Jesus is found breaking Sabbath by healing a man. This causes disruption among the religious elite as Jesus offers us a lesson in missing the point.
_ What are you thankful for today?
_ What is overwhelming you right now?
_ How has Jesus been calling you to action or obedience in some area of life? How is it going?
_ Who has Jesus placed in your life to intentionally walk with to love and help to discover his way (gospel)? How is it going?
Take some time to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you are facing, and for the Holy Spirit to illuminate truth as you read during this time.
23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” 1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
+ WHAT is happening in this passage and what do we learn? (Say it in your own words or use these questions)
_ In vs. 23-24, what transpires?
_ In vs. 25-26 what story does Jesus reference in response?
_ In vs. 1-2 (chapter 3) what transpires?
_ In vs. 3-4 what question does Jesus ask them and what is their response?
_ In vs. 5 how does Jesus does feel at their lack of response and what does he do?
_ In vs. 27-28 what is Jesus conclusion about Sabbath? What does he mean?
+ HOW does this passage convict you of sin to confess, how does the grace of the gospel compel you to respond with action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
_ Are there any religious (or non-religious) practices where a rule has become so important to you that you are missing the point in practicing them?
_ Are there any ways you are attempting to control a situation or person based on a rule?
+ WHO can you share what you learned with today? (e.g., your family at dinner, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
THESE DAILY POSTINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ABIDE IN JESUS AND FOR GROUPS AS A GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET.