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Tuesday, March 29 2016

Mark 2: The Son Of Man Is LORD Also Of The Sabbath

"And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is LORD also of the Sabbath."

The LORD created the Sabbath of Rest after His Work of Creation (see The Christian Work Days, The Christian Sabbath).

"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)

The LORD, the Word of God, was born as Jesus of Nazareth (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).

"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3,14 KJV)

The Messiah did many miracles by means of the same Holy Spirit that empowered the Creation (see The Spirit Of Creation; see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).

Earth

"2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion." (Mark 2:1-12 KJV)

The Twelve were called to carry on the witness of the Messiah (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). The first four called to be apostles were fisherman. Then Levi, more popularly-known as Matthew, the tax collector was summoned (see Matthew: The Gospel By The Accountant).

"2:13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?

2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mark 2:13-17 KJV)

Most of the conflicts between the Messiah and the religious authorities of Judaism were caused by their demand that He observe their man-traditions, rather than the actual Word of God that had been given to their ancestors. It was a problem that continued on to much of the Christian-professing world of today (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

"2:18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?

2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles." (Mark 2:18-22 KJV)

As we read, the LORD created His Sabbath. He was the first to observe it, but thereafter gave it to humanity as blessing of rest and worship of the only true and living God.

"2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." (Mark 2:23-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: How and why did much of the Christian-professing world replace the true Sabbath with the Roman "sun day"?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath?


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This Day In History, March 29

87 BC: Emperor Wu of Han of China died at age 69 (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog).

502: Burgundian King Gundobad proclaimed a new legal code (Lex Burgundionum) at Lyon. It unified the laws of the Gallo-Romans and the Burgundians.

1430: The Ottoman Empire under Murad II captured the Byzantine city of Thessalonica (the city is known in the Bible from two epistles of the apostle Paul; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition).

The Holy Scriptures

1461: The bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses occurred near York. 35,000 Yorkists battled 40,000 Lancastrians to secure the English throne for Yorkist Edward IV.

1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.

1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).

Captain James Cook 1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.

1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.

1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.

1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.

1867: The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

1936: The democratically-elected dictator Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Iniquity In History And Prophecy) received 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany's reoccupation of the Rhineland.

1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.

1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.

1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the last day of the Nazi V-1 "flying bombs" (i.e. rockets) struck on England. After the war, many of the Nazi rocket scientists were welcomed into the U.S., including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). The war criminal Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.

1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.

1971: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison for his ordering the massacre of over 500 Vietnamese civilians (unarmed old men, women and babies) in their village of My Lai in March 1968. Although convicted of the heinous war crimes, Calley was quietly released from custody not long afterward.

1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.

1982: The Canada Act of 1982 received Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, thereby leading to Canada's new Constitution of 1982.

2002: In response to the "Passover Massacre" two days before, Israel launched "Operation Defensive Shield" against Palestinian terrorists in the "West Bank" - the largest since the 1967 Six-Day War (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).

2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.


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