Questions to Guide Your Study:
- This week Matthew wants us to see Jesus is greater than King the Temple and the Sabbath, which were the two main channels of God’s presence.
- According to Matthew, what is “legal” on the Sabbath? The point of the Sabbath was not sacrifice, but to cultivate what? What practices do you use to cultivate mercy?
- In Gen 1, God rests on the last day. What does this tell us about the goal of Sabbath? Is it rest to prepare work, or rest to enjoy work done?
- Why do you think God commands a day of rest and sets an example himself, even though he does not get tired and need rest?
- Exodus 16 is the first practical example of God giving provision for the Sabbath. How does God make it happen? What does it teach the Israelites? What can it teach us, when we feel like we “have to get things done”?
- Luke 15 is a famous story. How does it connect to Matthew? In the theology of Jesus’ day, it was only legal to save someone’s life on the Sabbath, not to improve it, but what does Jesus say?
- Col 2:16-17 talks about our freedom from the Law, we are free from legalistic observance, but what should we focus on?
- How is faith in Christ instead of good works, like Sabbath?
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