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DID JESUS BREAK THE LAW?
In the 10 commandments the following is written:
Exodus 31:14-15 "You shall keep the Sabbath, for it is holy unto you: every one that defiles it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever does any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever does any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Uh-oh! According to the Law and the Prophets, to "keep the Sabbath holy" was not a minor, but one of the greater and strictest commandments in the law, punishable by capital punishment! You could be stoned to death for not keeping the Sabbath! It actually happened in Moses' days, that a man who was just gathering sticks on the Sabbath, was stoned to death for it!
Strangely enough, Jesus didnt seem to "take the Sabbath very serious", and even argued with those who tried to accuse and condemn Him and His disciples for "breaking it." It even seems that He provoked them almost on purpose, healing people on the Sabbath
many times. He even put "common sense", the needs of the human body, and even the well-being of animals above the "Holy Sabbath!"
He also argued that He was Lord of the Sabbath, and that the Sabbath was made for man, instead of man for the Sabbath! You could almost extrapolate that, to mean that the LAW was made for man, and not man for the LAW! Well the law was made for certain of us, as it says in 1Timothy 1:9:
"Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
the law was surely also made to protect the righteous among us, as it says in Galatians 3:19
"Wherefore then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made
This is a very precious passage: "till the seed should come to whom the promise was made!"
MERCY AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST
Jesus disciples plucked corn and Jesus healed the withered handon the Sabbath!
Matthew 12:1-15 At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the showbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 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? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day. And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 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. 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? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days. Then said he to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.
Jesus didnt just argue against the Pharisees, but he argued against the legalism of the strict law, putting mercy and truth above the rigidity of a hard, unfeeling observance of the law! Not just measuring love and mercy by the law, but measuring the law by love and mercy!Even by truth, reason and commonsense, with and without scriptural precedents!
IS MERCY AND TRUTH ABOVE THE LAW THEN?
Jesus mercifully argued that:
His disciples and Davids disregard of the law was justified because His and Davids men were hungry!
That common sense prevailed over the law and dictated to save the life of a sheep that fell into a ditch on the Sabbath, or to lead them to water when they thirsted!
He truthfully argued that the healing of an afflicted human beingbetter than a sheepwas more important than a blind obedience to the law about a holy day.
According to the law, Jesus disciples should have been stoned to death, for plucking and rubbing corn on the Sabbath, yet the Lord did not condemn them, but even defended them against the enforcement of the law by the "righteousness police"--the Pharisees! Not just that, but Jesus seemed to purposely provoke these worshippers of the law, by healing people on the Sabbath almost habitually, flouting their rules left and right! Why did He and His disciples do such things? The key scripture in the above passage is:
"But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless."
He called His disciples guiltless, yet they had just flagrantly broken a law punishable by death! Why? How could the Lord ever justify such a thing? Not just that, but what kind of precedent did Jesus create here? Is the law subject to Love and Mercy, reason or common sense?
In another incident Jesus put doing good and saving lives above the immutability of the law!
Luke 6:9 "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?
In another instant it says:
"The Lord then answered him, and said, You hypocrite, does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? Luke 13:17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
JESUS WAS THE STUMBLINGBLOCK IN SION
What kind of message did Jesus promote like this among the people? Didnt he care that the people would perhaps follow His example, and start "breaking" the law as well, and follow Mercy & Truth instead? Didnt He care what such "lawlessness" cold lead to? They were obviously really turned on by the freedom that He thus proclaimed. And these were not just isolated incidents, but time and again Jesus promoted the same thing.
He let His disciples pluck and rub corn on the Sabbath
He made clay and put it on the blind mans eyes on the Sabbath
He told a man to carry His bed on the Sabbath
He healed person after person on the Sabbath
What a thing to do? Not just the people, but later also St. Paul obviously rejoiced in this new freedom, as he wrote in Colossians 2:14-17:
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Paul even drew his own conclusions from Jesus actions and example:
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
He said that instead of Israel, the Gentiles had stumbled onto the righteousness of faith,
Romans 9:30 "What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 "But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 "Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; 33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Paul said that Jesus was the stumblingblock to Israel, and to the legalists! But not just to Israeli legalists, but to all legalists, those of today as well! They still have not digested or cant handle this freedom from the law! Many Christians feel insecure, are under the law and legislate righteousness for themselves and especially for others, like toddlers do when the teacher leaves the classroom! Why?
Either because they have no faith yet in His New Testament, or their teachers dont want them to be free and liberate them, because they would otherwise lose control over their members, as sure as the Pharisees lost it! And THAT they dont like! For that is often what many of them are in the religious business for in the first place!That is
to have many members, which brings finances, politics and power!
DID GOD CHANGE HIS MIND, OR JUST HIS POLICY?
This is a very precious passage: "till the seed should come to whom the promise was made!" Which seed is that? The seed of Jesus Christ! The generation that received Jesus and to whom subsequently the promises of Eternal Life were given. For free! By faith!
"The just shall live by faith!"
Until Jesus and His seed, Israel had been under the law. But God had always preferred it to be by grace in the first place! He knew and always had in mind that one day, He was gonna change His policy with His people. He would make a new Covenant with the believers in His Messiah! A new Testament! A new righteousness! The righteousness which is of faith!
Paul says that we are now free from the law, as a wife is freed from her dead husband:
Romans 7:4 "Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Wow! Now we are married to Christ, to Jesus! To mercy and truth!
"For the law came by Moses, but mercy and truth came by Jesus Christ!
And we are now subject to His law! The law of Love & Mercy! The law of Christ! As Paul said to the Galatians:
5:14 "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
6:2 "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
That sure simplifies things, doesnt it?