Learning Liberty:5.16.12

Mark J. CongrovePastor, Bethel Baptist church
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From: MJ Congrove <mjvicarc52>
Date: May 16, 2012 2:31:44 PM EDT
To: Mark Congrove <mcongrove>
Subject: Learning Liberty:5.16.12

Intro:

My daughter is soon to be experiencing the challenges associated with shadowing an EMT and PA; while she attempts to gain a better perspective of what is required in her field. The disciples have entered a multi-year apprenticeship for leadership under the watchful guidance if their savior. Their training will be intentional, rigorous, and exacting but it will not be hands off. Having come together by the time of the Sermon on the mount, the lessons now become more significant to a Gospel mindset that they will soon be facing.

The nature of their experience: Lessons on Living Free

  1. Lesson 1: fasting or no fasting
  2. Lesson 2: washing or not washing
  3. Lesson 3: Sabbath burden or Sabbath Blessing

Lesson 1: Fasting or no fasting

In the past lesson He taught them how to pray; now the lessons center on how to better live. The mechanical rules so prominent in the world of Jesus’ day, are no match for the convictions of principle that are brought about in the training of the master. The breach in the wall of conventional religious worship would swell to become a gaping hole in the formative days in the church.
This is similar to the process of learning to swim– a coordinated effort between the arms and legs necessary to sustain adequate forward progress.

Matthew’s Account

Matt. 9:14
Fasting–
The school of John the Baptizer and the Pharisees– the difference not in the action but the motive that lies behind.
What was part of John’s discipline…
Principle: a defensive stance: not condemning others fasting in order to justify his own behavior (See also John 3:29)
Fasting should not be given to a mechanical rule but have its purpose in our state of mind.
Parable to explain:
New patch on old garment
New wine in old skins
Matt. 9:16/ Luke 5:36

Lesson 2: Washing or not washing

Matthew 15:1-20
Mark 7: 1-23
Luke 11:37-41
It seems to build as a problem later in Jesus’ ministry– the last stay in Galilee.

The point

The point of hand washing was not the physical need for cleansing but a ceremonial cleansing suggesting the impurity contracted by contact with a gentile or with a Jew in a ceremonially unclean state, or with an unclean animal.
Where the basics of the law left off with regards to washing and cleanliness, the ridiculous possibilities began — returning home to wash away the Gentile defilement.

The reply: if his reply to those interested in fasting was generous and defensive to the disciples, then to the Pharisees He took the question directly to them lodging deeper in their heart.

Jesus argues for the rejection of human law in favor of the observance of a higher law.

The principle

Jesus responds by questioning their attitude and actions surrounding the observance of the 5th commandment.

  • To call something Corban removed responsibility from giving but did not require a furthering the cause.
  • You could reject the care of parents in favor of Corban but refuse to give it to anything other than yourself. (See Numbers 6:14).
  • A thing devoted to sacred purposes and therefore not available for private or secular use

Problems

  1. It encouraged men to make religion an excuse for neglecting morality.
  2. It opened up itself to hypocrisy. A.B. Bruce writes, it taught that a man might not only by a vow deny himself the use of things lawful but that he might, by devoting a thing to God, relieve himself of all obligation to give to others, what but for the vow, it would have been his duty to give them.” pg. 85.
  3. Then it was not really necessary to give the thing to God in order to be free of obligation to give it to man. Once it was said that it was sealed to God and sacred from the use of others, at least if not for your own use. ( Mark 7:13; Matthew 15:17-20; Mark 7:18-23)

Applications:

Mark J. CongrovePastor, Bethel Baptist church
616.546.0292

facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/mjcongrove

Looking for some inspiration or challenge to your day? Check out markinthemorning.wordpress.com or follow me on twitter.com/vicarc1

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