Pastor Tom Fenske shared one of his favourite Jesus moments which occurs in Matthew 12:1-8. Tom took us on a journey back in time, looking at the Sabbath in the times of the Bible, then discovering what Sabbath can look like today in our everday lives.

Wheat Field Path

GOD BREAKS THE RULES

39 WAYS TO RUIN YOUR SATURDAY (OR SUNDAY)

List of things you couldn’t do on the Sabbath:

  1. Sowing
  2. Plowing
  3. Reaping
  4. Binding sheaves
  5. Threshing
  6. Winnowing
  7. Selecting
  8. Grinding
  9. Sifting
  10. Kneading
  11. Baking
  12. Shearing wool
  13. Washing wool
  14. Beating wool
  15. Dyeing wool
  16. Spinning
  17. Weaving
  18. Making two loops
  19. Weaving two threads
  20. Separating two threads
  21. Tying
  22. Untying
  23. Sewing two stitches
  24. Tearing
  25. Trapping
  26. Slaughtering
  27. Flaying
  28. Salting meat
  29. Curing hide
  30. Scraping hide
  31. Cutting hide up
  32. Writing two letters
  33. Erasing two letters
  34. Building
  35. Tearing a building down
  36. Extinguishing a fire
  37. Kindling a fire
  38. Hitting with a hammer
  39. Carrying

 

FOLLOWERS OF JESUS ARE HUNGRY FOR EVERYONE TO EXPERIENCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Matthew 12:1-8 At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”

HOW WE RESPOND

1. REALIZE WE HAVE DIFFERENT NEEDS

Romans 14:12-13, 17 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall… For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

2. REEVALUATE TRADITIONS

Acts 10:14-15 “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.”

3. REMEMBER WE ALL NEED JESUS

Matthew 9:12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”

LOOK WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

GOD’S DESIRE IS THAT WE ARE CENTRED IN HIM BUT RADIATING OUTWARD

Leviticus 24:5-7 You must bake twelve loaves of bread from choice flour, using four quarts of flour for each loaf. Place the bread before the Lord on the pure gold table, and arrange the loaves in two rows, with six loaves in each row. Put some pure frankincense near each row to serve as a representative offering, a special gift presented to the Lord.

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