Summary: A look at how Jesus handled some situations while on earth.
The Common Sense of Christ
Text: Mk. 2: 23 – Mk. 3: 6
Proposition: Jesus stopped the Pharisees on every occasion that they tried trap Him. Their striving to uphold the letter of the law caused them to miss the true intent of the law and Jesus proved it
scripturally. If we view O.T. Law only in the light of how the Pharisees abused it, we, too miss the love and practicality in it.
Objective: We need to see that common sense has a place in spirituality and human needs (at times) can supercede the law scripturally.
I. Introduction: National Geographic Illustration on Predators
A. Proverbially and prophetically, the Pharisees were truly like a pack of hungry wolves after an innocent Lamb.
1. They followed at a distance, observing and waiting for Him to err(in their eyes). Once in a while, one would dare break from the pack and attack Him. Jesus knew how to send them yelping angrily like wounded animals as He did in Matthew 22 (quickview) .
a. Pharisees tried to trip Him in re: paying to taxes?
b. Sadducees tried to trip Him in re: Whose wife will she be?
c. Pharisees tried to trip Him in re: greatest commandment?
d. Read Matt. 22: 41-46 Jesus stops them cold
B. The Pharisees kept themselves and others in such a religious turmoil that they were unreceptive to the simple reasoning of the gospel. They simply could not see the forest for the trees and they didn’t want
anyone else to either.
1. They were convinced that it couldn’t be that easy. Matt. 7: 14
a.Our interpretation of strait & narrow can mimic their reasoning.
b.Matt. 23: 24 They strained at gnats and swallowed camels.
c.The Pharisees had some 600+ laws attached to the original 10.
1.) A person could not move a bundle of grain on the Sabbath but if he laid his spoon on or under it and it moved it was ok because the spoon was used for feeding oneself which was permissible.
2.) A person could not gargle vinegar to relieve a toothache on the Sabbath but he could daub some on a toothbrush because it was part of hygiene. He could however gargle if he swallowed the vinegar.
3.) If a cask had a hole in it, it was unlawful to plug it on the Sabbath.
4.) If a wound was running but not life threatening, it was unlawful to wipe it.
2. This is the mindset of the people Jesus dealt with in numerous confrontations.
A. Verses 23 – 24 Focus on the wrong things makes us forget the truth.
1.The Pharisees were intent on proving Christ a phony. Their tries to trap him clouded their ability to recall and correctly apply the law.
a.They questioned Jesus about the disciples plucking grain (work)
b.According to Deut. 23, what the disciples did was not a sin because people were allowed to feed themselves on the Sabbath.
c.Jesus addresses this again in Jo. 7: 22-24 in re: Circumcision on the Sabbath if the 8th day from birth landed on the Sabbath.
2. Would we accuse Jesus of promoting ‘situation ethics’ in today’s time? We need to be careful in our assessments of situations.
3.We have to be careful not to put our ox in the ditch, intentionally.
B. Jesus used O.T. scripture to prove that even the Old Law made allowances for human need.