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Author: Scott Foutz
Text: Matthew 12:1-8 Title: Free At Last! Proposition: Christ sets us free from the burden of guilt. Intro: CRC Sunday rules; (More stringent) Judaistic Sabbath Regulations. Setting: Disciples Pick, Husk, and Eat Grain on the Sabbath (vv. 1-2) A. Without Jesus' presence, how might the situation proceed? Guilt (2-fold) & conformity B. Contextualize: We often find ourselves confronted by: (1) Human Standards; (2) And what we think are God's Standards. How do we then live our life? C. Jesus Steps in to Defend His Disciples AND US. (vv. 3-8) I. God Prioritizes His Servants Above His Regulations: (Two OT Examples; vv. 3-5) A. David & the Consecrated Bread (v. 3-4; 1 Sa 21:1-9) - David is not engaged in an official task, but is FAVORED BY GOD - This isn't a "bending of the rules"... It is God's priority. B. The Priest who Works on the Sabbath (v. 5) - This REQUIRED OBEDIENCE results in "Disobedience" - This isn't a "contradiction"... It is God's priority. II. We As Christ's Disciples Are FREE From Guilt and The Fear Of Judgment (vv. 6-8) A. Serving Christ is the Greatest Possible Service (v. 6) - God looks upon believer's life as fulfilling the greatest requirement. (Favored and Obeying) - Our Relationship with Christ Sets Us FREE from ALL Guilt. (Ro 5:1) **ALL Guilt: before God, before Others, before Self. - What do we mean by "Serving Christ"? Compare Disciples here.... Walking, fellowshipping, listening, learning, laughing with Jesus! B. God Desires Love More Than Conformity (v.7) - "Mercy" = Love and compassion towards those who are needy. (We are all needy) - This is an expression of ourselves. (God values this highly) - "Sacrifice" = Forfeiting a part of ourself to conform to a higher cause. - This is a limitation of expression. (Humans mistakenly focus on this) Conclusion: Our Lord, the Son of Man, is the Lord of the Sabbath (v. 8) - What is the Sabbath? Symbolic reminder of the Goal for creation = Rest in Worship. - We enter into this Rest through Christ. This Rest in Worship FULFILLS God's desire for us. - We need to define ourselves in light of this Relationship. FREEDOM from Guilt is found here.