Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday, June 10 - Luke 6:1-5 - Tiffany

*Sorry this is late.  I had it all written up on Saturday and completely forgot to post it!!*

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 5-6; Psalm 115; Acts 26
Today's scripture focus is Luke 6:1-5

The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.

Growing up, Sunday was marked as a day of rest.  We didn't travel, we didn't eat out, we didn't go out with friends, we didn't shop.
And yet, it was a work day.  My dad was a pastor. And so on Sunday, the day of rest, he was up early, at the church, finishing up a sermon, preparing for Sunday School and worship, and then doing a service.  After church we'd have lunch and everyone would nap a little, but then he was back at the church for whatever evening thing that particular church had going on.

In college, I took Sunday as a day of rest pretty seriously. I quit going to Sunday school so I could sleep in longer.  I was thankful for open restaurants (particularly Schlotzkey's) so I could get a quick lunch, and then get to doing nothing.  I truly experienced a day of rest, at other's expense. 
And I obviously wasn't doing it right- I wasn't spending all day focusing on God's word, or spending time praying.  I was doing nothing.  Watching tv, snacking, reading.... anything to keep me from focusing on class work or my  job!

The Pharisee's view of the Sabbath was that man was made for the day.  So any work a man would do on that day was unlawful.  Therefore, being hungry and rubbing some grain in your hands was work, and that was breaking the Sabbath.  The Sabbath was to be a day of "pretentious idleness" as R.M. Edgar says, and "hunger...must be endured" to present to mankind the holiness of the Sabbath.

What the Pharisee's failed to realize is that man was not made for the Sabbath.  The Sabbath was made for man.  The Sabbath was created as a day of rest for us to rest in God.  To stop our work, our worry, our rush, and spend time simply seeing and enjoying what God had created for us. 

But also, in the Sabbath being made for man, it is a day for helping people.  David's men were allowed to eat the temple food in order to save themselves, Jesus' disciples were allowed to rub heads of grain together for sustenance on the Sabbath so they could continue.

Now, my husband is that pastor.  He's up early, at the church, finishing up a sermon, preparing to teach the teen Sunday School class, preparing for a worship service.  We do not have a children's Sunday School at this time, so instead of being up early for that, we're up early so I can bath the three kids before church.  We have church, we come home and eat, and then it is family nap time.
And after that, if there is an evening thing, my husband goes to that.  If not, we stay home.  We watch tv, we work in the garden, we play outside....
It is a day of nothing.  A day to worship God and then relax from the week we just had, to revitalize our spirit and our body for the week ahead.

A day to recognize that Jesus, Son of Man, is Lord of the Sabbath, and Lord of our lives.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 6:6-11
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Kings 7-8, Psalm 116; Acts 27


Miriam said...

At one time, Sunday for me was a day to catch up on whatever hadn't gotten done the rest of the week. A couple of years ago I decided it wasn't that important. Sunday now - We got to church, and then the rest of the day is family time. Sometimes we have family gatherings or do things with other members of our extended family, but often it's just us. It is amazing how having that one day and not allowing myself to schedule other things on that day has changed how I feel about the rest of the week. I don't dread Mondays anymore because I feel ready for them now.

Tammy said...

I love Jesus' comment that "the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath". And He had just claimed to be the Son of Man. He was telling them that they didn't get to define what the Sabbath was with all their ridiculous added on laws and rituals. He made it, He said what the rules were and what was allowed.

Though the Sabbath is the only one of the 10 commandments not repeated in the NT (it's not a moral law after all), it is still a very sound principle. We need to rest in God. We need to spend time in relationship with Him and with each other.