22 To the side of love? Or

Luke 6:1-11
Deuteronomy 10:12

T On the Sabbath

 The representatives of Pharisee and the Sopher came for check of Jesus (5:17 -26); and first, at the scene of healing of the person of palsy, they tripped on words of Jesus that was said to "Friend, your sins are forgiven you.". And successively, at the calling of Matthew, they were demanded to join the people who believed Jesus, but they could never join it. They rather excited more repulsion feeling to Jesus; if there were even a few opportunities, it seems that their opposition to Jesus would have become decisive. The event of this morning (6:1-11), it will be that they will become the central figure who attaches Jesus to a cross afterward.

 Luke took up two events, but at first, I want to look from the first event.
 "Now it came about that on a certain Sabbath He was passing through some grainfields; and His disciples were picking and eating the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, 'Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?'." (6:1-2)  When I was in a high school student, I cooked only wheat and had been going to eat, but, it was too badly, and it could never pass my throat. It might not be the same wheat, but disciples rubbed such wheat as life by hand and softened it, and ate. They would be very hungry. In Deuteronomy, there is it, "When you enter your neighbor's standing grain, then you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not wield a sickle in you neighbor's standing grain." (23:25). However, because picking up a little wheatear from a wheat field, and eating was permitted, the act of disciples is not "a theft". Therefore Pharisees did not blame the act itself. Rather, because that day was the Sabbath, they judged the act of disciples as crop, and blamed it, "You must not do it on the Sabbath".

 However, Jesus answered to them; "Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him, how entered the house of God, and took and ate the consecrated except priests alone, and gave it to his companions?" (3-4). This was the event which was said at T Samuel 21:2-6, David ate sacred bread there; if I supplement it from Leviticus 24:5-9, this bread was offered at every Sabbath. Their reaction was written down in nothing here; but, surely their repulsion feeling to Jesus, "Are you more greater than David?", would swirl in them. Would not it be also the challenge to them that Jesus declared the Messiah, "The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath." (5)?


U Be influenced by a crime

 It is another article which was written about the tensions of Jesus and them. "And it came about another Sabbath, that He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely, to see if He healed on the Sabbath, in order that they might find reason to accuse Him." (6-7) In the previous article, the Pharisees took up the observance on the Sabbath as a central problem of Jesus. It would be not that the Pharisees who passed by the neighborhood of the wheat field by chance witnessed that scene, but they followed about Jesus with doubt, "Is not there any fault?", ever since repulsion to Jesus arose. It seems that they squeezed a mark at the point that Jesus and His disciples did not protect rules of observance on the Sabbath, and worked out a strategy of Jesus dethronement. Possibly it might not be judgment only of the people who was dispatched on the person check of Jesus, but be that the leaders of the center of this country such as Pharisee and Sopher of Jerusalem who received the report had concentrated power to push aside Jesus.


 Because there is it "on another Sabbath", perhaps, it seems that it passes for several weeks from the event of the grainfields. To them who followed about Jesus with hiding a strategy worked out in the meantime, a chance rotated. In the synagogue where Jesus went in on the Sabbath, they saw the person who lost strength of the right hand. "Jesus must surely heal that person", they are preoccupied with only it. Their malice, "in order that they might find reason to accuse Him", was described by Luke vividly; but they were going to carry malicious practice in a synagogue worshipping God. Because it is hard to have such a worship without God like them for us, we think this is a problem only for Jews; but, the feelings such as hatred or the anger with malice are not things irrelevant to us at all. It rids gentleness and consideration from us, so we must learn that "the sins" rules us like that.


V To the side of love? Or

 Of course Jesus noticed the person who lost strength of the right hand immediately. And also, He noticed the eyes which were full of the malice of the Sopher who stared. And when He said to the person who lost strength of the right hand, "Rise and come forward!", he rose and came forward. Because there is it "Rise", he might have lain. He came to the synagogue on the Sabbath, but it seems that his body considerably weakened. Such the circumstances were written nothing, but doctor Luke would make such a decision from the document which he obtained. When he rose, Jesus said to the people. Of course, Pharisees and Sopher were among the people. "I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do harm, to safe a life, or to destroy it?" (9)

 Jesus asked to the whole human being about the point which was lacking in nomism of Sopher, through the people who had worship in the synagogue on the Sabbath. As for the thought that they want to keep their taught law, of course, it would appear from the pure thought as a chosen people Israel before God, but if there is not love for the people, their faithful for God is sterile; it seems that Jesus has taught the most basic stance to the believer. I repeat it again, but our heart which loves God is condensed by love for the people. However, we don't want to make a mistake in the order; at first, God loved us, it is condensed by a cross of Jesus, and there, our love for God (Jesus) is brought up. And under that love, "Do you love your neighbor?", it would be unfolded in it. Jesus pointed out it and said; "to do good", it is to practice love to the sick and wounded people, and "to do harm", it is to brandish law by Sopher and to abandon consideration for the weak. It seems that the central message of the Bible is told here that if there is not love for God and love for the neighbor, it is bad (sins).

 "And after looking around at them all, He said to him, 'Stretch out your hand!'" (10). "But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed what they might do to Jesus" (11) It seems that these last 2 paragraphs mean the extremes of the center message. The wonder which Jesus has done, overflowed love, and the figure of the cross will be piled up there. However, will not anger of and hatred of Sopher represent the figure of ignominious crime of human being? And at the same time, such their figure seems to piled up to the modern people that a color of the end thickens. The author of Proverbs says, "Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgression."(10:12), but, it seems to hear the question from Luke, "In which side do you want to stand?". Of course we want to arrive near Jesus, don't you?