JESUS CHRIST CLARIRIFIES THE TRUE MEANING OF THE LAW
SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
CLASS: JSS 2
TERM: 2nd TERM
TOPIC: JESUS CHRIST CLARIRIFIES THE TRUE MEANING OF THE LAW
(1) The Observance of the Sabbath day [Mark 2:23-28;3:1-12]
(2) The Practice of Corban [Mark 7:9-13]
(3) Ceremonial cleanness [Mark 7:18;14:23]
(I) THE OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH DAY OR HUMAN NEEDS ABOVE THE DEMANDS OF THE LAW.[ Mark 2:23-28’3:1- 6 ]
When the Pharisees challenge Jesus for allowing his disciples to pluck corn on a Sabbath, He reminded them on how David entered the house of God and ate the sacred bread when he was hungry. Jesus therefore declared; the Sabbath was made for man; not man for the Sabbath.
A man with a withered hand was brought to Jesus to heal on a Sabbath day. The Pharisee came around to know what He would do. Jesus knowing their intentions asked them “is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill. The Pharisee were confused. Jesus went ahead to cure the man.
The conclusion, some human needs are above others.
(II) THE PRATICE OF CORBAN [Mark 7:9 -13]
Corban is a Jewish word which means dedicating or giving something to God. It was the practice of the Jew to give their property to God .Such property will be used to maintain the temple and the priest who worked in the Temple. The law of Corban states that once a property is declared a Corban, no part of it is to be used by that person to help anyone in need of help. Some of them declared their property to be Corban ,but they did not give it up for God’s use.They did this in order to prevent using other part of it to help anyone including their parents.This law enabled some of the Jews to dodge their responsibilities to their parents. Jesus condemnedevil thispractice and he said that the people had made the Commandments of God useless by the law of Corban.
The Pharisee and Scribes condemned the disciples of Jesus for eating bread with unwashed hands. For the Pharisees and all the Jews, except they wash, they will not eat. They also wash cups, pots, brazen vessels and tables before eating or doing anything with them when they come from market; thereby holding the tradition of the elders.
These were the charges the Pharisee and scribes brought to Jesus that his disciples failed to keep or walk according to the traditions of the elders. Jesus responded to them by saying that they honour God with their lips, but their heart is far from Him. That they worship God in vain teaching doctrines and the commandments of men and laying aside the commandments of God.
Jesus further told them that purity of heart should supersede human laws. Human laws can be changed and broken, but purity of heart becomes paramount as that is the only passport one has to see God. He also told them that there is nothing that enters into a man that can defile him, but the things which come out of him; those are the things that defile the man.
1) How did Jesus defend his use of the Sabbath?
2) Identify two Old Testament law in the passage (Matt 5:21-28) what does Jesus Christ teach about these laws?
General Evaluation/ Revision Questions
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3.A man with a withered hand was brought to Jesus to be healed on _____ day. (a)a festive b) Sabbath (c) ash (d) Christmas
5 “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy” is number_____ in the Ten Commandment. (a) seven (b) six (c) four (d)five
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