AM March 14th Luke 6

March 14th Luke 6

Objection – the Sabbath

1: And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. 2: And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? 3: And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; 4: How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? 5: And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Jesus heals a withered hand

6: And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. 7: And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. 8: But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. 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? 10: And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 11: And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

Jesus completes the Twelve

12: And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13: And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14: Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15: Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16: And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

Jesus heals all the people

17: And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18: And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19: And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Jesus – Blessings & Woes

20: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21: Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22: Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. 23: Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 24: But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25: Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26: Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.


27: But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28: Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29: And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. 30: Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31: And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32: For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33: And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34: And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35: But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Judge not

37: Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 39: And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40: The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41: And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42: Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

God looks for fruit

43: For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44: For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Hearing and doing

46: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47: Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49: But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

The religious leaders complain that Christ’s disciples break the Sabbath by eating corn on the Sabbath day in the cornfields. The Scribes had put a hedge around the law by describing the specific law and then setting down rules so that men might not even approach the law to break it. For example they said, that a man must not walk on the grass on the Sabbath day, in case a stray stalk of barley might be brushed by his coat and drop to the floor - that would be reaping! And another person might just tread on the grain and that would be grinding. And a bird might see the grain and eat it and that would be storing! And many overcomplicated things they said. None of this was the original rule of the Mosaic Law. The scribes had added up to 1500 extra laws to the one Sabbath commandment. Christ cuts right through their petty teachings and gives an example of David who went to Abithar the high priest to feed his men on the Shewbread, which was not lawful for unconsecrated men to eat. Christ establishes the principle that the Sabbath observance was given to be a blessing to Israel. It was not meant to be a chain around their feet. On another Sabbath the religious leaders gather around Christ to see if he will heal a man on the Sabbath day. First Christ points out their hypocrisy and then He poises the question, Is it lawful to do good or evil? The answer of course is it is always right to do right, irrespective of the day. ‘The better the day - the better the deed’. EP After a night of prayer Christ chose twelve Apostles to go forth and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to Israel. Luke records a shorter version of the Sermon on the Mount. Christ is explaining the true significance of the Law to Israel and he is describing the type of people that will enter the Messianic Kingdom. His theme is true spirituality, seen in charity, kindness, love, forgiveness, compassion, and righteous living. Those who accept the teachings of Christ are like a man building on rock, but those who live by the teachings of the Scribes and Pharisees will be found to be building on sand. And their real religious experience will be revealed when the storm comes.

  • Why did the Lord allow the disciples to eat the corn in the fields on the Sabbath day?
  • What were the blessings and woes about?
  • Why did Jesus say judge not?

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