Matthew 12:1-14 – The Sabbath – Episode 431

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This is the episode is part 24 in a study on the gospel of Matthew. Jesus and the Pharisees disagree over the sabbath. Why do they have such a different idea of what it means to keep the sabbath than Jesus does?

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5 Responses to “Matthew 12:1-14 – The Sabbath – Episode 431”

Drew Haskins


Great job CC! Thank you for the time you put in to this each and every week. I speak for everyone when I say this has been a great supplementation in my walk with God.

Chris Christensen


Thanks Drew for the encouraging words!

Rolf Anderson


Dear Mr. Christensen,

I am a long time listener and enjoy your insights into the scriptures.

When listening to this podcast, I remembered a documentary on “mistakes” in the Bible where Bart Ehrman claimed that Jesus never claimed to be divine, specifically in Mark 2:27-28 which is similar to Matthew 12.

” 27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”

Mr. Ehrman claims that in Aramaic “Son of Man” and “man” are the same word, so Jesus was just stating that we, mankind, are the lords of the sabbath. However, this claims make sense to me since Jesus was correcting the Pharisees about their legalism. Since the Pharisees are men as well, then they are also lords of the sabbath and can be as legalistic as they like so why would Jesus be correcting them?

I am sure you are very busy and that this is not a big issue, but if you have any time, could you tell me what you think or point me to any resources? Thank you again for great work.

All the best,


Chris Christensen


Not a new heresy. Pretty ridiculous. It was clear to the disciples what Jesus was claiming and was very clear to the Sanhedrin when they accused Jesus of heresy for claiming to be divine too. To try and figure out through a word study 1900 years later that someone meant something else is pretty darn arrogant.

Rolf Anderson


Thank you for taking the time to reply. I guess there are those who want to drudge up old ideas and paint them as new ones.

And thank you again for this podcast!!!!!

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