Jesus teaches us about God’s kingdom by breaking the rules. You might just have his permission to break the rules, too!

Notes And Next Steps

Mark 2:23-3:6 + Part 2 of the series “Heaven On Earth"

Where there are laws, there are always lawyers and loopholes.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work … For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.” (Exodus 20:8-11)

The Talmud posted 63 sections, section 12, “The Sabbath,” included 22 chapters, and one of the chapters detailed 39 types of work prohibited on the Sabbath including covering a pot, lighting a lamp or even writing.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” (Matthew 23:13)
“Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” (Mark 3:4)

“Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.” (Mark 4:6)

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27,28)

“It is finished.”



          1. YOUR PICK: The Old Testament Sabbath Day is Saturday. The New Testament Sabbath Day is which day?
            A. Saturday
            B. Sunday
            C. Every Day
            D. None of the above
          2. BIBLE STUDY: A fifth grade teacher instructs her students about writing in complete sentences, using properly themed paragraphs, and of course punctuation must meet objective standards. Lots of rules. A college professor gives vague guidelines to his students for a creative writing assignment and tells them to get to work. Their writing breaks some of the basic rules of writing but it actually improves their grade. Not many rules. Why the difference? Relate to the Sabbath, using any of the following Bible verses:
            A. Galatians 2:15,16
            B. Colossians 2:16,17
            C. Hebrews 4:9-11
            D. Matthew 11:28,29
          3. JESUS IS THE SABBATH: A story. “What kind of religion is this?” Evaluate.