In Today's Scripture
Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath; controversy with Pharisees; unpardonable sin; Christ's death and resurrection foretold; His true kin
Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees who criticized His disciples, saying: Behold, Thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day (Matthew 12:2). Jesus responded: I say unto you, That in this place is One greater than the
The Sabbath, as well as all Jewish worship days, which were also Sabbaths or holy convocations, were a shadow of things to come. The early Church recognized this and, in commemoration of Christ's resurrection, upon the first day of the week . . . the disciples came together to break bread (Acts 20:7). A few years later, the Apostle Paul was led to write: Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings (collections) when I come (I Corinthians 16:2).
Most Christians assemble to worship the Lord Jesus Christ on the first day of the week. Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week (Mark 16:9). In this way, we honor Him as Lord of our lives by putting Him first in every week. The Sabbath day of rest has its counterpart in the New Covenant that in all things He might have the preeminence (first place). . . . Let no man therefore judge you in meat (food), or in drink, or in respect of an holyday (festival), or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come (Colossians 1:18; 2:16-17).
The Passover, commemorating
12:1 corn =b> grain fields; 12:5 profane =b> violate or break the law; 12:29 spoil his goods =/i> take away his possessions; 12:44 garnished =b> ready for use.
For Matthew 12:7: See Hosea 6:6. Matthew 12:18-21: See Isaiah 42:1-4. Matthew 12:40: See Jonah 1:17.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 1:23