Does This Guy Think He’s God? Crown Him or Kill Him!—from Matthew 12:1-14
“Ah Ha! Jesus, your disciples, who reflect your teachings, are violating God’s Law.” Jesus’ response ramped it up, eternally so. Jesus gives a Biblical explanation and vindication—we are as “guilty” as David and the High Priest (cf. 1 Samuel 21). Addressing their real issue (“who do you think you are?”), Jesus makes a double claim to deity. “I am greater than the Temple. I, the Son of Man, am Lord of the Sabbath.”
Arriving in the Synagogue, these unteachable ones see Jesus seeing a man in need of healing (12:9-14). “We’ve got Him, again!” They set a trap, using Jesus’ compassion as bait. Jesus once again models lawful mercy while exposing their hypocrisy. “Just like you would rescue a lamb on the Lord’s Day, I will a far more valuable creature.” Far from rejoicing at Jesus’ miraculous, kind healing, they plot to kill Him. He is a threat to their way of life. Jesus forces all people to make a decision about who He is.
Law-focused, They Love-lessly Saw Lawbreakers!
Compassionless, they “caught,” condemned the innocent (12:1, 2)
Not about loopholes, but love, mercy. See 1 Samuel 15:22; Hosea 6:6
Sabbath was a gift, made for our good. See Mark 2:27; Exodus 23:12
“Law Breaker? I’m the Law Maker!”
I’m in good company. Ready to condemn David and the High Priest too?
I am greater than Temple, God’s local presence. John 2:19; Mark 14:58
I fulfill God’s Law, driven by Love. Do likewise! Matthew 9:13; Mark 12:33
I made, gave the Law. It’s from, for Me! Matthew 5:17-22ff; Psalm 1; 19; 119
Shriveled Hearts Plot to Trap Jesus, Not Repent
They lay in wait, bait Him with Him. Fools! Psalm 2 in action.
They used a disabled man as a pawn, a ploy to prove a heartless point.