Unpacking Scripture By The Hebraic Mindset
There are more layers in reading Scripture as we know the background of the Torah.
In Luke 6, Luqas is bringing out a message in his whole thesis toward getting Paul a fair hearing for his arrest and alleged crime. The bigger picture in chapter 6 is telling the governor that the Pharisees and the scribes were wrongly accusing the Lord. In here, Luqas narrated two incidents on two Shabbat days. After this double incident, Yeshua formed His team of Twelve. Luqas is telling us that the Prooshim and the scribes were out for Yeshua even before He had a following.
This is the first mention. It set the stage that the enemies of Yeshua were haunting and spying on the Lord on the “off day”.
1One Sabbatha Jesus was passing through the grainfields, and His disciples began to pick the heads of grain, rub them in their hands, and eat them. 2But some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
3Jesus replied, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4He entered the house of God, took the consecrated bread and gave it to his companions, and ate what is lawful only for the priests to eat.”
5Then Jesus declared, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Breaking It Down
The lesson is twofold.
First of all, Luqas the physician is a gentleman. He did not use certain words. He lay the ground and he set scene and he is inviting for the readers to come to conclusion. What is your conclusion of Luke chapter 6 at this point from previous reading?
Chapter 6 opens with an incident where the Prooshim were spying on Him on a certain Shabbat in the grain fields. What were the Prooshim doing in an open field? They went to the fields for a single purpose.
Luke 6:2 But some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why do you do that which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath day?”
Then, Luqas followed up the theme with another Shabbat incident.
Luke 6:6 It also happened on another Sabbath that he entered into the synagogue and taught. There was a man there, and his right hand was withered.
The teacher in a synagogue – the shul – stands up at the front of the congregation. Yeshua attended the shul in order to teach. Travelling alone, the Lord had unique freedom. In this lesson, He chose to teach the people the Torah in the shul by action. Great leaders teach not just in words but by action. Luqas drew attention to a single attendee who was sticking out like a sore thumb among the congregation. Now when you attend a church you don’t usually see if there is a person who has a withered hand unless someone tells you to pay attention or the person displays his disability conspicuously to everyone to draw attention to the fact. Yeshua knew about this man with a withered hand.
The Prooshim were expected to be present at the shul, no surprise there. The surprise was, what was the disabled man doing in the shul? How did he get in there? Was it a continuation of the traps set by the Lord’s enemies? By this time, the religious leaders in the first century Judea Province of the Roman Empire were getting comfortable with their authority over the Jews.
Their motive was given:
Luke 6:7 The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against him.
You may relate to the Lord today. If you have people just watching out for your next move to discredit you in public, they are like thee evil doers in Luke 6. Note at the end of the narrative how angry the Proohsim got after they did not get the outcome that they had hoped for. 11 They were furious and began talking with each other about what to do to Jesus.
Now note the Lord condemns the evil done on the Shabbat, referring to them, the Prooshim and the scribes at their conspiracy Shabbat after Shabbat, not referring to His action next in healing a man with a deformity on the Shabbat. The man would not be entering the shul by himself due to the stigma running in his community that the Prooshim had created for people like him. He was already full of indignation and shame as he sat in the congregation. If it was a set up by His enemies, it would not get past me that they would even seat the man at the front to make sure that Yeshua would pick him out, thus setting up a trap to incriminate the Lord.
These rulers of the religious order in Judea were made an object lesson by the Lord. He was playing a sketch using the withered right arm of the patient in front of an audience, who had a spiritual disease. He looked them straight one by one before He commanded the sickness to leave the man. He invoked from Psalm 137: 5If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand go limp. The spiritual disease of the religious order was their independence from God.
Luke 6:9 Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you something: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?”
He brings up the Torah, not the Takanot. Yeshua dismisses the man made Takanot and upheld the Torah as the Living Word of יהוה. So He did the good, not the harm; He came to save and not to kill.
He restored the patient from sickness to wellness.
He removed his shame and rejection by men. In doing so, the patient had no reason for being barred from corporate worship by the religious going forward. Today Yeshua is still giving sincere seekers the freedom to worship God.
In the spoken Laws, the Takanot, that the Prooshim placed higher than the written Law, the Torah, they forbade worshipers with handicap to come worship God. Whereas in the Torah, only the sins of Aaron were forbidden to serve in the Temple if they were not as created, perfect in His sight. Since the Lord had told Moshe His standard before, He is not going to demonstrate the correct way to apply and interpret this Law. (Words of Christ in Red.)
V’Yiqara 21 Law For Priests In Worship Attendees
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
‘Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God. For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or 👉lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, or a man who has an injured foot or an injured 👉hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles. No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. He … shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the Lord who sanctifies them.’
The Living Word upheld the Torah in its intention for them, and especially for the patient, who was robbed of his pleasure of worshiping God in public.
The antichrists of this world in 2019 are doing the same thing. They wanted to remove everybody’s privilege to render the One True God worship from schools, libraries, the courts, the squares and other places.
In the congregation that you attend, do you sense that the rulers of the congregation are also robbing some people of their pleasure to worship God in the congregation?
Lesson 2: The Song Of Moshe
In this narrative, the man who needed help was not recorded that he had to have faith in Christ before he was healed. All he did was to obey Yeshua. He was instructed to stretch out his hand in public at once. Have you considered that in order to be healed, you just obey Jesus?
The way that Yeshua commanded the hand to grow out is fulfilling the Torah. The detail of the right hand is euphemism for the Laws of God to be executed in correction mode.
Jews are more familiar with the song of Moshe than most readers of the Bible today. This is a very important song because John saw a vision of heaven. In the New Covenant, the Song of Moshe shall be sung by every nation in their language, Jews and Gentiles. Every saved saint knows the words:
2And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, beside which stood those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name. They were holding harps from God, 3and they sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:
Have you been healed of your incurable disease of sin and death by your obedience and trust in Yeshua?
Exodus 15:1 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to Yahweh, and said,
“I will sing to Yahweh, for he has triumphed gloriously: The horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
Exodus 15:2 Yah is my strength and song, He has become my salvation: This is my God, and I will praise him; My father’s God, and I will exalt him.
Exodus 15:12 You stretched out your right hand. The earth swallowed them.
In gifting the handicapped man his new right hand, the man received strength to make that hand functional without physical therapy sessions. He will be marveled once he gets back to his community. People who know him will join him in praising God. The man naturally would feel the gratitude in his heart for Y’shua and identify as it says in verse 2.
Yah is my strength and song, He has become my salvation: This is my God, and I will praise him; My father’s God, and I will exalt him.