Disciple (n./v.): The Gospel of Matthew
The Sabbath was very important to the Pharisees. But when the Lord of the Sabbath shows up, we find out what’s really important.
Monday, July 8
Read Matthew 12:1-21. Jesus and his disciples are obviously going against cultural norms by doing these things on the Sabbath! What cultural norms do we have to go against today in order to be faithful Christians?
Wednesday, July 10
After reviewing Matthew 12:1-21, read Micah 6:1-8. Micah wonders which sacrifices could possibly be good enough. What is the conclusion? Does Jesus concur? If so, what does that look like today?
Thursday, July 11
After reviewing Matthew 12:1-21, read Deuteronomy 22:1-4. This is not Sabbath law, but it does show that God wanted us to do good for others. Like the Sabbath for the Pharisees, what “good things” do we put before doing good for others?
Friday, July 12
After reviewing Matthew 12:1-21, read Hosea 2. God speaks to Israel like an adulterous wife. What does he think of her festivals and observances? What makes a Sabbath day pleasing in God’s eyes?
Saturday, July 13
After reviewing Matthew 12:1-21, read Isaiah 42. Jesus is this chosen servant of God. How does Jesus fulfill these words of Isaiah? How can we remind ourselves daily of the awesome power of the One we worship?
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