Summary: Jesus questioned regarding the Sabbath. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

  Study Tools
  Study Tools


(1). The Sabbath:

(2). In the field (vs 23-28):

(3). In the synagogue (vs 1-6):



• A student sat through an exam;

• The teacher supervising said time up but still the student carried on.

• The teacher said; “Hand your exam paper in now or I’m not going to accept it.”

• Still the student carried on.

• Thirty minutes later the student got up and stood before the teacher;

• The teacher looked at him and said; “I am not going to accept your paper it is late”.

• The student looked the teacher in the eye and said; “Do you know who I am?”

• The teacher replied “No, and I don’t really care!”

• For a second time the student said; “Do you know who I am?”

• For a second the teacher replied “No!”

• The student replied; “Good”,

• He then lifted the stack of exams, stuffed his paper in the middle, & ran out of the room.

The reason Jesus faces so much opposition in this chapter is the religious leaders do not know who he really is:

• They assume he is a carpenter turned itinerant preacher;

• They have yet to realise he is the Son of God.

• They opposed him in verses 1-12;

• Because they just saw him as a man who claimed the authority to forgives sins.

• They opposed him in verses 13-22;

• Because they saw making friends & associating with sinful people.

• They opposed him now in verses 23-28;

• Because he brings freedom from rules & regulations.


• It might surprise you to know;

• That the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England is Hadrian's Wall.

• The wall was built as a defensive fortification.

• They began building in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian,

• The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Roman Empire.

• It ran 80 Roman miles (73 statute miles) from coast to coast.

• A significant portion of the wall still exists today;

• Particularly the mid-section.

Walls of course separate and divide and the Pharisees of Jesus day knew the value of a good wall:

• In fact they built them and they built them well;

• Not physical walls like Hadrian’s, but symbolic walls.

• Let me explain;

• To stop people breaking God’s law they simply built a wall around it.


• Suppose God had said that all Church platforms were out of bounds to non preachers;

• Now if you broke that rule and stood on the platform – deliberately or by accident;

• You would be in big trouble! We’re talking mega big trouble.

• Now because the leaders of this Church like you the congregation;

• And are concerned for you safety!

• The leaders of the Church have a bright idea (it does happen now & again!)

• To try and protect you and stop you accidentally breaking that rule, that law;

• They have decided to build a wall of protection around that law.

Download Sermon With PRO View On One Page With PRO
Browse All Media

Related Media

PowerPoint Template
PowerPoint Template
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion