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Lesson # Mark 2:27-28
Study Material - Mark 2:27-28
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
27 And He was saying to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 'Consequently, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.'
We reach the culmination of the chapter and its summary. What of the fasting concept? What of the stitching together of two incompatible things (wine bags, clothing)? What of the necessities of life? What is mans purpose or goal in life anyway? Why are we born, work daily, then die old (hopefully at an old age)? Do we just try to be good? But who defines good? Society? And what does it all get us in the end?
The Sabbath is a holiday of sorts. It was defined as the seventh day of the week and traditionally celebrated on Saturday. But today we celebrate the rebirth of a new life, the resurrection of Christ, the first fruits, on Sunday and first day of the week. Gone are the old rituals. They have been fulfilled by Christ on the Cross and are no longer of use today, other than historical study.
Does everyone recognize the Sabbath principle? Unfortunately, no. We do not have the Pharisees any longer, but we do have our current day distractions. Distractions that keep us from achieving the true Sabbath. So what is it?
Sabbath is defined in Genesis. It is on the seventh day of the restoration of planet earth, when God rested. All work required for mankind had been completed and God rested. No further work was required. Man had that status in his hand. Man owned the Sabbath, but Adam turned his back on it and chose work.
God had made provision for all of mans needs. Adam, by turning his back on God, rejected the Sabbath (rest), and by default chose work, the effort of man to acquire something better than that which God had already provided.
God made the Sabbath for man, not the reverse. Man did not make the Sabbath, and man cannot achieve the Sabbath by any means of ritual or regulation.
Remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy. What is holy? Holy is the combination of Gods righteousness and Gods Justice. These two bought together produces sinless perfection and freedom from all debt or obligation. Man cannot achieve that in a thousand generations. Note that the generation count from Adam to Christ was about 66. And if you divide these last 2000 years by an average life span of 30 years then you have another 66 generations. What would a thousand generations gain mankind? Nothing.
Holiness is the sin free state, which we call fellowship. Christ paid the price for sin so we could be free from judgment. God allowed for confession and acknowledgment of sin so we could obtain forgiveness. The combination of the two gives us freedom, or a release from the work which binds us to slavery and restricts our spiritual growth.
In the face of truth the Pharisees did nothing more than what people do today. They were defensive. They were inflexible. They were argumentative, and would argue an issue regardless of the truth, just to win the argument, and without care or concern of the cost their win might cause themselves or others. They would promote pain and suffering just to abide by their misapplied principles. Ever know anyone like that? Well, probably you do, but we don't judge others. We observe and learn for our own edification, and move on with our own life.
What is our objective in life? Sabbath. What is the Sabbath? Gods rest. Who can obtain that rest? Anyone who advances in their spiritual life to the point of spiritual maturity.
The Sabbath was made for mankind. It was not made for angels, not the Pharisees only, not the Jewish race only, but for all of mankind, all of mankind. Just as you probably command your household, just as the governor rules over the state, just as the president rules over the country, so Christ rules over the universe. He is the ruler, proprietor, master, absolute authority over all that is. And as such, Christ has authority and say over how that realm will be run. Man does not have say over his own life, let alone the rest he might achieve on his own energy. Without God, there is not salvation, no spiritual future.
God is the glue that holds this universe together. Take away the glue and everything disintegrates. Choose to live with God and you benefit from all the blessings associated with Gods essence and authority. That choice comes with your faith expression in Christ. Believe on the Son and have everlasting life.
Choose against God, refuse to recognize Him, reject Him, and you have to come up with your own glue to hold your selected universe together, and man is incapable of that, therefore the total chaos of the lake of fire awaits those who refuse to believe in Christ.
To reject the Sabbath (the principle not the Saturday worship) is to Committ a sin. Now think about that for a minute. The Sabbath is the achievement of spiritual maturity, and therefore a perpetual rest (Sabbath) in ones life. This is a moment by moment rest since the mature believer is in fellowship far more than he is out of fellowship. The mature believer has learned substantial doctrines. The mature believer has gained substantial capacity for life. The mature believer has gained a relaxed mental attitude. The mature believer is on the right path toward his destiny, which God has prepared for him.
If you have not attained these attributes in your life, then you are most probably in a state of sin more than you should be. But then this is true of us all. Not to worry if your attitude is positive and your resolve is backed up by consistent daily Bible study, then you are on the right track. Those who do not pursue this 'completeness' of their life are the ones in violation of what God wills for each one of us.
No pursuit, therefore most likely no fellowship status, which means that the person is under the control of their sin nature - therefore the sin of failure to advance in the Christian life (spiritual life if you prefer that phrase), and therefore the failure to achieve that which God provided for us long ago.
To choose work (the opposite of rest) is to choose burdens, and restrictions on ones life and future, and the loss of opportunity. The spiritual life gives one more freedom, actually total freedom, from all burdens (spiritually), and more opportunities in this life and the next. Therefore, the Sabbath achievement is a necessity for man. Just as the air we breath is a necessity. Just as the ground we cultivate is a necessity for our physical health and well being, so then is the Sabbath (spiritual maturity) a necessity for our soul's health.
The Sabbath is not a day of the week, not a ritual to be adhered to when it is convenient. It is not a mixture of the best of mans desires (old clothes, new clothes) nor of mans philosophies (old wine, new wine). The Sabbath is a spiritual concept of the achievement of mans completeness in his own essence and being (body, soul, and spirit). The body will be completed at the resurrection (rapture). Today we have the opportunity to complete the soul through Bible study and the resultant incorporation of what new wisdom we obtain into our daily lives.
The Word of God is a mirror. We all look into it at one time or another in our lives. We see our true self (we do not judge others). Those who see the truth, see their flaws and act to correct their lives through Gods guidance (Bible study).
Those who see their flaws but refuse to acknowledge them will be like the Pharisees - defiant, quarrelsome, rigid in their thinking. They will lose out in the long run. In the end God will reign, not them.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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