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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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On The Sabbath Day

Luke 14.1-6

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[Time after Time, in the book of Luke our Lord is found Challenging and being challenged about the Sabbath Day and the Jewish traditions concerning that hallowed day.  On at least five (5) different occasions in the book of Luke alone our Lord is found on the Sabbath Day and is confronted on each occasion by religious leaders (Luke 4.16; Luke 4.31; Luke 6; Luke 13; Luke 14).  Hence it becomes undeniably clear that our Lord wants us to understand the Sabbath Day and His divine intension for that special day.  We return to this teaching today, because our text returns us to these principles.  Let us understand with clarity what God’s intent is for the Sabbath Day (Saturday), and the Lord’s Day (Sunday).] 

A.    Our Lord on the Sabbath [– In this passage we find our Lord on the Sabbath Day.]  From this passage we discover: 

1.      His Testimony (vs 1, cf. 7; Exo 20.8-11; Rom 8.29; Luke 4.16-17) [– And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.”Notice that our Lord always:] 

a.       [Honored the Sabbath – He was found faithful to God’s command to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy (Exo 20.8-11).  Notice that our Lord honored the Sabbath by going to the Synagogue.  Even though the Synagogue had become a den of thieves and riddled with human philosophies and traditions, our Lord still went.  Even though those things that were done in the synagogue and taught in the synagogue were far from God’s truth’s concerning the Sabbath, Jesus still went faithfully to the Synagogue.  Why?  Because God commanded it!] 

[Exodus 20:8-11 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.]

1)      [Lesson To Learn Churchmanship Requires Church Regular Attendance - One cannot state that they have honored God and obeyed our Lord Jesus Christ if they will faithfully attended their Churches services.  Since the ultimate Goal of Christian Spiritual growth is to be conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ, one cannot claim spiritual maturity if they are willing to abandon their local Church.   Even our Lord Jesus Christ attended what would have amounted to Church regularly.] 

[Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.]

b.      [Honored the Surveyors – We find that our Lord also honored those who watch him and others in the synagogue.  Jesus went to Synagogue to bles others in worship.  He actively and regularly participated. Luke 4.16-17 reads:] 

[Luke 4:16-17 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,]  

1)      [Lesson To Learn – Churchmanship requires participation – We can not just go to Church.  We must strive to become a part of the living body of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus participated when He went to Synagogue.  As a matter of fact, every time we see our Lord at Church a controversy started, because He participated, and challenged the misgivings of the traditional religious leaders.]    

a)      [Understand, Jesus didn’t go to Synagogue to make trouble, He went to stand for the truth, just as every Christian should.] 

2)      [Every Christian is a part of the living body of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 12), and every part of this body must function.  You cannot go to Church and do nothing and be like Jesus.] 

2.      His Trials (vs 2; Luke 4.28-29; 2 Tim 2.3)  [– And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.” - Whenever our Lord spoke in public places there were almost always those present who would not only challenge those things that He taught, but they would challenge His right to live.  On one of the first occasions when Jesus taught in the Synagogue the crowd tried to lead Him out to a stoning.] 

[Luke 4:28-29 28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.]

a.       [These types of persecution were not rare for our Lord.  Yet, in spite of the treats and danger our Lord faithfully proclaimed the truth.] 

b.      [Lesson Learned – Churchmanship requires Stamina and Courage – Christians cannot and should not expect the discovery of the truth to always be easy and readily accepted.  Some truths are hard to accept and need warriors to stand up for Jesus.  The apostle Paul reminded Timothy:] 

[2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.]

1)      [Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

ye soldiers of the cross;

lift high his royal banner, 

it must not suffer loss.

From victory unto victory 

his army shall he lead,

till every foe is vanquished, 

and Christ is Lord indeed.]
 
2)      [Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 

the trumpet call obey;

forth to the mighty conflict, 

in this his glorious day.

Ye that are brave now serve him 

against unnumbered foes;

let courage rise with danger, 

and strength to strength oppose.]
 
3)      [Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you, 

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor, 

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger, 

be never wanting there.]
 
4)      [Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 

the strife will not be long;

this day the noise of battle, 

the next the victor's song.

To those who vanquish evil 

a crown of life shall be;

they with the King of Glory 

shall reign eternally.] 

3.      His Truth (vs 3-5) [– And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?” -  Our Lord was never concerned with who might be offended by His acts of compassion or His articulation of truth.  He simply proclaimed the truth and let its conviction do the transforming work in the lives of those who heard it.]  

a.       [There are at least three responses to the truth:] 

1)      [Confusion – This is often experienced by those who hear a truth for the first time.  The truths revealed within the Bible are the revelation and manifestation of our supernatural and divine God. These truths cannot be known apart from God’s revelation.  So the truths taught by the Bible, upon first review, seem almost impossible and implausible; at first.  Until they are pondered for a while, and then illuminated by the Holy Spirit, then they become not only reasonable, but they become the only possible answer.  The physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is just one example of these spiritual truth’s, which are many.  This confusion may remain but it often turns into one of two follow up responses.] 

2)      [Indignation – This is the result of someone realizing a deep spiritual truth, clearly declared by Almighty-God, but also clearly opposed to ones lifestyle and sinful allegiance.  The religious leaders of Jesus day often evidence indignation with our Lord and His truths because it would have cost them everything that they loved and lived for.  Rather than accepting, and surrendering to the eternal truth, they choose to war against it with resolve.  Many in our day war against the truth, and in so doing they war with Almighty-God, and they will be conquered in the end.] 

3)      [Submission – This is the only reasonable response to revealed truth.  When a truth that demands repentance and change is revealed by God within His Holy Word, then a wise person will yield to it and change their life to stand in agreement with God.] 

b.      [Lesson Learned – Churchmanship always stands on the truth Regardless of what others might think, say or do the truth must be the foundation of every Church member.] 

B.     Our Lives on the Sabbath [- This passage teaches us a great deal about Christian living and how our lives carry the gospel message to all who see us.]  

1.      Our Example (Matt 5.13-15) [– Just as our Lord’s life was a continual testimony to all who were in His presence, so should a born-again Christian be to all who come into his or her presence.  Jesus reminds us that:] 

[Matthew 5:13-15 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.]

a.       [Salt Purifies, Preserves, and Pronounces – In Biblical days is was used to purify wounds, it was used to preserve meat and food, and it was used to pronounce the taste of food as a season.  But if the salt lost its savour it became useless and bland.  What does this mean?  How can this be?] 

1)      [Much of the salt that was used in Palestine came from the Dead Sea, which is more than a mile and a half below sea level. The waters of the Sea of Galilee flow into the Jordan River and from there to the Dead Sea to the bottom of the earth.  Once the water gets there, there is no place to go. The hot sun evaporates the water and leaves behind a chunky white powder made up of a combination of salt and minerals. That powder contains enough salt to season meat or to flavor soup, and that's why people used to get their salt from the Dead Sea. But it's also mixed with minerals and it's not pure sodium chloride. It's possible with a little dampness in the air for that salt to be dissolved and basically to dissipate. When that happens the "salt loses its seasoning." ] 

2)      [Salt was valuable in Jesus’ day.  It was used to pay soldiers, hence a man was worth his weight in salt.  People also traded with salt.  Hence, if ones salt lost its savour it was a great loss.  No would would want it, and no one would trade for it.] 

3)      [Jesus purified the message of the Sabbath by His actions on the Sabbath.  He corrected the legalism of the Pharisees while valuing the life of the sick man.  His actions rebuked the coldness of religious practices while renewing the importance of personal interaction on the Sabbath.] 

b.      [Light dispels darkness and manifests the truth.  Enter a dark room with a light and everything is revealed.  We are to be like a bright light shining in a dark world.] 

c.       [Evil men and a wayward world do not like the cleansing sting of salt in a wound or the manifesting light of the truth.  They often resist the truth and even become indignant with it.  But it is our commission, it is our responsibility, it is our duty as born-again Christians to be the salt and light of our world.] 

d.      [The way we live our lives and the way we talk to people must be examples of righteousness and life to the lost all around us.  Christians must honor God on the Lord’s Day by honoring the lives of those around us and pointing them toward our Lord.] 

2.      Our Endurance (James 5.10-11) [– The gospel message and the Kingdom of our Lord require perseverance and endurance.  We find our Lord Jesus Christ seizing every occasion to teach the truth, redeem the lost, and help the hurting.  Being an invited guest at this Pharisee’s house with numerous other dignified guests present did not turn our Lord away from His mission and message of truth.  He carried the same truth in all of life’s circumstances and situations.  We are reminded in the Old Testament that our Heavenly-Father is looking for a few elite Christians who will “. . . Stand in the Gap . . .” (Ezek 22.30).  James wrote:]  

[James 5:10-11 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.]

a.       [The Suffering and Stand of the prophets, who faithfully carried the Word of God to rebellious and indignant people, is our example of enduring with the truth and testimony of our Lord.] 

b.      [The reward that is promised to those who are the  salt and light of our world is abounding.  I am reminded of the words penned in the letter to the Church at Smyrna which reads:] 

[Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. ]

c.       [A soldier in our Lord’s army must endure to the end.  He must be found faithful.  He must be found serving and proclaiming.] 

3.      Our Earnestness (2 Cor 5.17-21) [– Just as our Lord would never compromise the truth so must the people of our Lord remain earnest for His truth and His message.] 

[2 Corinthians 5:17-21 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.]

a.       [Our culture has lost its way, because Christians have lost their resolve.  Our nation has fallen away, because Christians have lost their calling.]   

b.      [The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ must once again take responsibility for the lostness of the society around us.  We must stand up and proclaim the Word of God and truths of the Gospel, no matter what the cost might be.]    

C.    Our Lessons for the Sabbath 

1.      Sanctify it as Holy [– As a day set apart to honor our Lord.  All born again Christians ought to refrain from unnecessary commercial enterprise on the Day of the Lord and should set aside the Sabbath as a day of rest.] 

a.       [Illustration – Early Church Observes Lord's Day - During the early centuries of Christianity, Sunday was never called the Sabbath, but the Lord's Day. The Sabbath was the seventh day of the week, the Lord's Day was the first. The purpose of the Sabbath was to remind the Israelites of their deliverance from Egypt. The purpose of the Lord's Day was to remember the resurrection of Jesus. The Sabbath was observed by rest; the Lord's Day by Worship.]


[When Constantine came to the throne, he gave particular attention to the Lord's Day. His armies were to have devotional services. No courts were to be held, nor suits prosecuted. All public shows, theaters, dancing, and amusements were prohibited.]


[“A true Christian," said Tertullian (160-220) at an earlier period, "according to the commands of the gospel, observes the Lord's Day by casting out all bad thoughts, and cherishing all goodness, honoring the resurrection of the Lord, which took place on that day." —True Stories —Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations] 

b.      [Our Lord Jesus Christ went to Synagogue on the Sabbath, the Jewish equivalent of Sunday School and Church.  So should Christians Honor God by attending Sunday School and Church on Sunday.  For a Christian is is and should be a special day set aside for God.] 

2.      Sanction It As Honorable [- When we give our joyful and heartfelt support to the Lord’s Day, we testify that our resurrected Lord is worth of our best and our honor.  We let the world know that our Lord really is sovereign and call them yield themselves to His worthy Lordship with us.] 

 

CrossRoads, Sunday May 27, 2007

 

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