Class Is In Session

A grain field and a synagogue are the classrooms for today’s text, and the lesson plans focused on one of the key
identifiers of the Jewish faith, the Sabbath.

Why was the Sabbath so significant to the Jews?
It was the defining practice differentiating Jews from their pagan neighbors.
God was the originator of the Sabbath, Genesis 2:2-3;
God commanded it; the 4th Commandment, Exodus 20:8-11;
Moses instituted it in the wilderness. The Sabbath was at the very center of Jewish life.

By the time of Jesus, the religious teachers had created a curriculum with the goal of fulfilling the letter of the law
concerning the Sabbath. The Sabbath had become a heavy burden for the people to carry. They lost all understanding
of the spirit of the Sabbath.

Lesson #1: The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath, Luke 6:1-5; 1 Samuel 21:1-7.
Lesson #2: What counts is that God is honored in what is done, Luke 6:6-11.

Jesus, the ultimate Teacher, provided His followers with the curriculum of compassion and the clear purpose of the
Sabbath.
The Sabbath rest we seek, is not found in a day, but in a moment.
The Sabbath rest we seek, is found in a Person.

He is the Son of Man, the Lord of the Sabbath. He is our Master Teacher, and He invites us into His classroom…because
with Christ, class is always in session.

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