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#4.08 JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH DAY

A short bible study showing that Jesus being Lord of the Sabbath is no excuse for not keeping the Sabbath day commandment. It uses a Greek Unicode font and is printable.

Greek Word Study on 4521 σάββατον sabbaton Sabbath.
Hebrew Word Study on 7676 שַׁבָּת shabbat Sabbath.
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Greek - Matthew 12:8 - English
κύριος γάρ ἐστιν καί τοῦ σαββάτου ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.

Greek - Mark 2:27-28 - English
καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς, Τὸ σάββατον διὰ τὸν ἄνθρωπον ἐγένετο οὐχ ὁ ἄνθρωπος διὰ τὸ σάββατον 27 And he said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:
ὥστε κύριός ἐστιν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ τοῦ σαββάτου 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.

Greek - Luke 6:5 - English
καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι Κύριός ἐστιν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ τοῦ σαββάτου 5 And he said to them, That the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.

Note: The suggestion is that because Jesus was "Lord of the Sabbath", he did not have to keep it, and therefore we do not have to keep it either. This is really no argument, because although he did not condemn breaking the letter of the law when there was a human need (See #3.14), he kept it himself:

(Mark 6:2) "And when the Sabbath day came, he began to teach in the synagogue:"
(Luke 4:16) "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read."
(Luke 4:31) "And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days."
(Luke 6:6) "And it came to pass on another Sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught:"
(Luke 13:10) "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.

Now if this is how the Lord of the Sabbath kept the Sabbath Day, then why are modern Christians not following his example? Surely he gave us an example that we should follow him. Jesus fulfilled the spirit of the law (See #1.22; #1.24), and taught others to keep the law (See #1.23; #1.25). Also we are meant to be like Jesus (See #1.24 Note 1), so there is no proof here that we should not keep the Sabbath day.

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