Monday, April 18, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 12:1-21, Jesus greater than Temple, ultimate authority on Sabbath, 1 Samuel 21, will magnify Torah, Jesus' Law, Isaiah 42

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the scripture for yourself, atone for your sins through Christ, pray and ask GOD for knowledge. Don't take our word as law, there is only one LAW, the WORD of G-D)


We continue with Matthew 12 verse 1 through 21. In this section we will learn about Christ's ultimate authority over man, as G-D has gave him the authority of Judgement, nothing higher than that. Also we read about Christ's declaration that He is greater than the Temple and his lesson on Sabbath etiquette.


Matthew 12


1At 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.


2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.


3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;


4How 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?


5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?


6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.


7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.


8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.


9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:


The Scripture Yeshua is referring to with regard to King David is 1 Samuel 21. Lets look at verse 7 "But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy". This is again referring to Hebrew Scripture that stated the authorities of the church, the priests in Jesus' case, are dumbstruck by G-D. They simply will not understand anything Christ is telling them about his coming and the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.


1 Samuel 21


1Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?


2And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.


3Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.


4And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.


5And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.


6So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.


The next section is yet another fulfillment of Hebrew Bible scripture pertaining to the Messiah.


Matthew 12


10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.


11And 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?


12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.


13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.


14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.


15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;


16And charged them that they should not make him known:


17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,


18Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.


19He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.


20A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.


21And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.


Christ gives yet again another message on being discrete with knowledge. Jesus tells many more than a few in the Gospels not to identify him as the Messiah, and a few couldn't keep their mouths shut either. I think of this as Jesus giving a special gift, healing, to the people who had the faith that he could do it, and it was a special event between them and their Messiah. This sets a tone for our personal relationship with Christ and the Father, as we all must have.


Yeshua is referring to Isaiah 42 in the Scripture above. One will have to read the entire short chapter of Isaiah 42 to really put Christ's Words into context.


Isaiah 42


1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.


2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.


3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.


4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.


5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:


6I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;


7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.


8I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.


9Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.


10Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.


11Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.


12Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.


13The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.


14I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.


15I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.


16And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.


17They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.


18Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.


19Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?


20Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.


21The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.


22But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.


23Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?


24Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.


25Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.


In this chapter of Isaiah 42 you can read the carbon-copy of Christ right on the page. As GOD our Father spoke it came to pass. We can watch Yeshua take shape in the Old Testament scriptures. Lets examine Isaiah 42.


Isaiah 42:4. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.


His Law; Yeshua brought a new focus on the Torah, many says he changed it but that's simply NOT true. He also brought the, what I believe to be, new Law of the Kingdom of Heaven; hence: "His Law".


Lets take a closer look at Isaiah 42 and we can see that GOD is revealing a secret with Christ. What could that New Song, or that secret be? The Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven!


Isaiah 42:


9Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.


10Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.


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16And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.


17They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.


18Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.


19Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?


20Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.


21The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.


As you can see the old things that are done and the new things that will be are represented as the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven and the New Law of atonement, in my opinion. The sacrifice of animals in the Temple ceased when Yeshua began his ministry, or likely when he was resurrected and as you can clearly read Yeshua - Jesus- certainly did not come to destroy the Torah he came to magnify the Torah.


He not only simplified our understanding of the Torah he helped us through his teachings to focus more on the more important parts of the Torah. When we listen to Christ's teachings on the Torah the Torah comes into focus.

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