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Speaking Begins…Recap

Hey guys. If you would, turn in your Bibles to Mark chapter 2. For the past 6 weeks, we’ve been camped out in the Gospel of Mark, learning about the redemptive authority of Jesus. Hear me say it again, the redemptive authority, of Jesus. We’ve been working through the scriptures, allowing them, to speak to us plainly and clearly.
That means, we’re not going to the Bible with something already in mind to talk about. We’re not letting our circumstances, experiences, or preference dictate what the Bible is about to say to us. Given, I have prepared, studied, and read through these scriptures
Jesus - “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him; 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?“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
It has been very encouraging on my end to see how the Bible portrays Jesus and here’s what we’ve learned so far about Jesus, from Mark.
(Pharisees using Pharisaic interpretation to constrict and restrain mankind. When, actually, it’s meant to do the opposite. That’s crazy)
1. Jesus’ Authority puts things back together. (Redemption).
2. Jesus’ Authority calls sinners.
(What does Sabbath mean then, and how does that relate to students?)
Sabbath is a recognized day to distinguish God’s people from those who don’t know Him. The command is to stop working and rest, and a few things take place within this “rest.” This very well may step on some toes.
3. Jesus’ Authority is powerful.
4. Jesus’ Authority is compassionate.
You’re not in control.

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God is.
Tonight, we’re camped out in the last part of Mark chapter two and man is it good. There’s a funny word we’re going to see in this chapter that’s NEVER used in today’s vocabulary. It’s the word “Sabbath.” But, before we dig into that word, let’s read our passage for the night.
All of your tasks will get done.

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There will always be more tasks to accomplish.
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
Resting points us to the one who is bringing us into an eternal rest.
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]
Mark 2:23–28 ESV
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.”
The “most important work,” has been done.
The “Problem”
Pharisees, again, - “Why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
The “Pronouncement” Mercy.
Jesus - “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him; 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?“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
1 Samuel 21:1–6 ESV
1 Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David, trembling, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?” 2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.’ I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. 3 Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.” 4 And the priest answered David, “I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread—if the young men have kept themselves from women.” 5 And David answered the priest, “Truly women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition. The vessels of the young men are holy even when it is an ordinary journey. How much more today will their vessels be holy?” 6 So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away.
1 Samuel 21 ESV
1 Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David, trembling, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you?” 2 And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.’ I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place. 3 Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.” 4 And the priest answered David, “I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread—if the young men have kept themselves from women.” 5 And David answered the priest, “Truly women have been kept from us as always when I go on an expedition. The vessels of the young men are holy even when it is an ordinary journey. How much more today will their vessels be holy?” 6 So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence, which is removed from before the Lord, to be replaced by hot bread on the day it is taken away. 7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord. His name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s herdsmen. 8 Then David said to Ahimelech, “Then have you not here a spear or a sword at hand? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.” 9 And the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here.” And David said, “There is none like that; give it to me.” 10 And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 And the servants of Achish said to him, “Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” 12 And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? 15 Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”
What is Jesus emphasizing?
2 Chronicles 30:18–20 ESV
18 For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone 19 who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.” 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
2 Chronicles
(Pharisees using Pharisaic interpretation to constrict and restrain mankind. When, actually, it’s meant to do the opposite. That’s crazy)

What are some examples of “crazy Pharisaic interpretation?”

1. The “good” part of recognizing the Sabbath day as “Holy.”

a. It distinguished or set them apart as God’s people. Others recognized they were controlled by something greater than what the eye could see. They could see the “reverence,” for something greater in their lives that made itself exceptionally real one day a week.
b. What about your life, sets you a part as “different” to others. What sets you a part to look like what says?
i. “2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” [2]
c. What do the things your committed to, say about you, to others?
d. How about the way you talk to others? Your friends, parents, siblings?
e. The way you use your time?

2. Taking it “to far” with recognizing Sabbath day as “Holy.”

a. The Rabbis of the talmudic period furthered the centrality of the Sabbath by articulating intricate laws that embellished the biblical idea of a day of rest.[3]
b. Adding fresh water to a vase of cut flowers (sowing—any activity that causes or furthers plant growth).
c. Making a bouquet of flowers (making a sheaf).
d. Removing good fruit from spoiled fruit (winnowing, selecting, sifting).
e. Brushing dried mud from boots or clothes (grinding).
f. Adding cold milk directly to hot tea or coffee (baking—cooking in any form, including adding ingredients to a boiling pot).
g. Cutting hair or nails (shearing sheep—removing outer covering of a human or animal).
h. Applying makeup (dyeing).
i. Braiding hair (weaving).
j. Drawing blood for a blood test (slaughtering).
k. Rubbing soap to make lather, applying face cream, polishing shoes, using scouring powder for utensils or other surfaces (scraping—smoothing the surface of any material by grinding, rubbing, or polishing).
l. Sharpening a pencil (cutting to shape—altering the size or shape of an item to make it better for human use).
m. Painting, drawing, typing (writing—making durable marks on a durable material).
n. Tearing through lettering on a package (erasing).
o. Opening an umbrella or unfolding a screen (building).
p. Smoking a cigarette, using the telephone (kindling a fire).
q. Switching off an electric light (extinguishing a fire).
r. Setting or winding a clock or watch (finishing off).
s. Wearing eyeglasses not permanently required (carrying from private to public domain and vice versa).[4]

What does Sabbath mean then, and how does that relate?

To truly be set a part

Fishing Pole Illustration

Aidan’s desire to be set a part in our competition! Our desire to set that moment a part and to be distinguished!
So it is with the Sabbath...
Sabbath is a recognized day to distinguish God’s people from those who don’t know Him. The command is to stop working and rest, and a few things take place within this “rest.”
You’re not in control.
You’re not in control.
God is.
All of your tasks will get done.
There will always be more tasks to accomplish.
Resting, points us, to the one who is bringing us into an eternal rest.
The “most important work,” has been done.
What you do on God’s designated day, reveals what you think about His control.

You are either admitting His control and reign, or, you are robbing Him of His desire to meet with you and know you, and most importantly, you see His control of His created order.

THE SECRET TO SUNDAY

Mark 2:27 ESV
27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
Mark 2:
Jesus’ Authority and Command settles every “work” necessary from us. It settles all anxiety of things not yet “complete.” It sovereignly commands our weary selves to be at ease and to truly rest/confide in Him.

Breaking Culture

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), .
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), .
[3] Ronald L. Eisenberg, The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions, 1st ed. (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2004), 127.
[4] Ronald L. Eisenberg, The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions, 1st ed. (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2004), 131.
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