The Good News – Tearing Down the Hedge Around the Sabbath
At that time Yahushua went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. And His taught ones were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain, to eat. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your taught ones are doing what is not right to do on the Sabbath!”
But He said to them, “Have you not read what Dawid did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he went into the House of Elohim and ate the showbread which was not right for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?”
“Or did you not read in the Torah that on the Sabbath the priests in the Set-apart Place profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?”
“But I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the Set-apart Place. And if you had known what this means, “For I delight in kindness and not slaughtering, (Hosea 6:6), you would not have condemned the blameless. For the Son of Adam is Master of the Sabbath.”
And having left there, He went into their congregation. And see, there was a man having a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it right to heal on the Sabbath?” – so as to accuse Him.
And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, shall not take hold of it and lift it out?”
“How much more worth is a man than a sheep! So it is right to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
And he stretched it out, and it was restored, as healthy as the other. But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against Him, so as to destroy Him. But Yahushua, knowing it, withdrew from there. Even from Yerushalayim, and from Edom and beyond the Yarden, and those around Tsor and Tsidon, a large crowd came to Him when they heard how much He was doing. And He spoke to His taught ones, that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the crowd, lest they should press upon Him. For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions fell upon Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of Elohim.”
But He warned them many times that they should not make Him known, in order that what was spoken by Yeshayahu the prophet, might be filled, saying, “See, My Servant whom I uphold, My Chosen One My being has delighted in! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He brings forth right-ruling to the nations. “He does not cry out, nor lifts up His voice, nor causes His voice to be heard in the street. “A crushed reed He does not break, and smoking flax He does not quench. He brings forth right-ruling in accordance with truth. “He does not become weak or crushed, until He has established right-ruling in the land. And the coastlands wait for His Torah.” (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 42:1-4)
This portion of The Good News Series is found in Mattityahu (Matthew)12:1-21, Marços (Mark) 2:23-3:5, and Luços (Luke) 6:1-10. Once again, Messiah is attempting to tear down the hedges put up around the word by the “religion” and reveal the true heart of Yahweh’s word – life and the preservation of it!
Is the Sabbath meant to be a day of resting from work? Of course it is! And yet, the Levites and the priests continued to carry out there duties of the morning and evening sacrifices under Yahweh’s mercy and commands.
Should you have you food prepared before the beginning of Sabbath, as commanded by Mosheh in the wilderness? Of course you should! And yet, King David ate of the Shewbread, food reserved for the priests, on the Sabbath when he had nothing else to preserve him.
The take home message – do good to and for all everyday and do not shy away from it when on the Sabbath day! Ultimately, Messiah Yahushua will set all right when He returns with right-ruling for the nations. I pray that you meditate on these words and are blessed by the intimate revealing of Father Yahweh’s love and word. Shalom Aleichem!