Jesus Glorious Gift of Sabbath, June 14-20

Matthew 12:1-14


Is a weekly Sabbath a burden or a refuge to you?


Jesus is the Lord and Giver of the Sabbath.  (verse 8)


The Sabbath was made to serve man.  (Mark 2:27)


Compassion always supersedes ritual and religion.  (verses 3, 4, 7, 11, 12)


Jesus is far greater than the temple or the Sabbath.  (verse 6)


Key Idea:  Jesus expects us to:

…use the Sabbath for our good.

…use the Sabbath for the good of others.

Group Discussion Questions

Focus on the questions that are most relevant to your group and skim or skip those that are not at this time.

  1. What does it say about you if you never take a Sabbath day of rest?
  2. What does it mean that “the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath”?
  3. What would be a 2015 version of having “an ox in a pit” on the Sabbath”?
  4. Does anyone ever really have “an ox in a pit” every Sabbath?
  5. What does it mean that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath? That he is greater than the Sabbath?
  6. What does it mean practically that Jesus values compassion above ritual?
  7. What is the harm of not having a weekly, personal Sabbath?
  8. What is your idea of how to best spend a Sabbath day?


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