Summary: When confronted with a question that showed people were following a false premise, Jesus uses the Word in an attempt to correct the false teaching, therefore, correcting the false premise.
• SLIDE #1
• We live in a society is that is becoming increasingly intolerant of Christianity. Now, with that said, I do not want to come unhinged and make it sound like 2018 in the United States is the worst time in history to be a Christian.
• All I am saying is that for a society that claims to pride itself on being tolerant, that tolerance appears to be a one-way street in the eyes of many.
• Because of this, it is tempting to disengage from society or to back off and apologize for what we believe in.
• It is getting more and more tempting just to stand down.
• With the intolerance, tolerance we seem to be experiencing today, for Christians, it is tempting to either avoid answering questions or water down our answers so much that the answers do not resemble anything close to the truth.
• As we turn to Luke 6:1-11, we are going to follow Jesus on a couple of Sabbath days. On these days, Jesus is going to be confronted with a question from some religious leaders.
• One of the most challenging things for us to do is to deal with a falsely held belief that someone has.
• When the falsehood is so ingrained in a person, when we try to give a loving, logical, truthful answer, people can have a tendency to resist listening to the truth.
• For instance, when I talked about the phantom Separation of Church and State that since the 1950’s we have been TOLD is in The Constitution, yet in reality is nowhere to be found.
• I can challenge folks not to take my word for it, but to look for themselves. Many people will not take the time to look because of laziness or a refusal to look at anything that might contradict what they believe.
• Another issue is the thought that all paths or religions lead to the same God. Sadly, they do not.
• We deal with rejection when we try to share the truth with people today, but that has always been the case.
• Today we will find Jesus in a situation where he will be confronted by a question from the religious leaders.
• Jesus is going to use the Word to combat some false thinking, teaching as well as some intellectual contradictions that the Pharisee’s held.
• I want us to see how He deals with the situation.
• My aim today is to help us to see how we can Dive Deeper into the Word with Jesus to combat false teaching, thinking, and attitudes.
• Let’s turn to Luke 6:1-2
• SLIDE #2
• Luke 6:1–2 (CSB) — 1 On a Sabbath, he passed through the grainfields. His disciples were picking heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. 2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
• SLIDE #3
I. Jesus handled a question. (1-2)
• Jesus is walking through the grain fields with the disciples minding His own business when some of the Pharisee's see that Jesus is grabbing some of the grain, rubbing it in His hands, then eating the grain.
• He was hungry and found some grain to eat.
• This will be the first of Luke’s four “Sabbath Controversies," which are stories in which Jesus is accused of violating the Sabbath Law by the religious leaders.
• The fourth Commandment found in Exodus 20:8 says to “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
• There is not a lot said, what does it mean to keep it holy?
• The word "Sabbath" comes from the Hebrew Shabbat, meaning "to cease" or "desist." The primary meaning is that of cessation from all work. Bruce, B. J. (2003). Sabbath. In C. Brand, C. Draper, A. England, S. Bond, E. R. Clendenen, & T. C. Butler (Eds.), Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (p. 1426). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
• So, what constitutes work, cooking a meal? Feeding the animals?
• The Pharisees, beginning many decades before the birth of Jesus, were continually debating what was work and what was not. Their motives were mostly good—they wanted to keep the Law of God. The desire to keep the Law of God is not legalism, even if one wants to be concerned with the lesser matters. Black, M. C. (1995). Luke (Lk 6:1–11). Joplin, MO: College Press Pub.
• For the most part, the Pharisees wanted to do the right thing.
• By the time Jesus came on the scene, the Pharisees had settled on some 39 different types of work, and within these 39 classes, they had generally agreed on what constituted work and what did not. Black, M. C. (1995). Luke (Lk 6:1–11). Joplin, MO: College Press Pub.