Sunday School Perspective: Compliance Versus Compassion

Sunday School Perspective: Compliance Versus Compassion
Matthew 12:1-14
The study of the lesson is in the book of Matthew: Verses 1-14 and it offers study about the observance of the Sabbath Day.
Key Verse: “But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.” Matthew 12:7 KJV: In this verse Jesus is challenging the Pharisees’ accusation as condemning the innocent.
The lesson topic for Sunday, June 3, 2018 is “Compliance Versus Compassion” and the lesson endeavors to acknowledge that obedience to God never hampers compassionate action.
The objective for students and readers is to extend mercy to others not judgment.
The Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-5)
The lesson unfolds on the Lord’s Day the Sabbath. The disciples realized that they were hungry from their travel and saw ears of corn in a field and ate the corn to satisfy their hunger. Local Pharisees observed them and charged them with unlawful acts on the Sabbath. The disciples were not working at all they merely ate food. The Pharisees chose an unfounded standard to criticize and defy the labor law. To be realistic there were other task that could be call working to prepare the Temple for worship. “At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day. But he said unto them, have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?” (Verses 1-5)
Distinction and Conclusion (Matthew 12:6-8)
These verses reveal that Jesus called the Pharisees to look deeper into the spiritual principles about the importance of religion ritual. He challenged the Pharisees accusation as condemning the innocent and went on to emphasize that mercy and compassion brings about a favorable conclusion. No one should ever condemn the guiltless. He quoted the record of David’s action in a time of need and reminded them about the priests’ activities on the Sabbath. “But I say unto you, that in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” (Verses 6-8)
Jesus Is Lord (Matthew 12:9-14)
These verses focus on a person needing physical healing while in a synagogue. Our Lord extended mercy rather than just follow rules. The Pharisees left the Synagogue eager to plot against Jesus. As believers we must never be quick to judge others but show mercy and a godly attitude at all times. “And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man who had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days? That they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.” (Verses 9-14)

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