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Healing on the Sabbath
Luke 6:1-16 Commentary
by O. Wesley Allen Jr.
Preaching on ancient Sabbath controversies in the Gospels is no easy task, and in this lection we have two!
One of them deals with plucking grain (Luke 6:1-5) and the other with healing (verses 6-11). The remaining verses, 12-16, focus on the appointment of the twelve apostles and are really more connected with what follows than with verses 1-11.
There are two main problems with reading these Sabbath controversies in our contemporary context. The first is that the church has long misinterpreted the Jewish leaders who oppose Jesus’ activities on the Sabbath as being stiff and legalistic in their opposition. This has led to many anti-Semitic portrayals of Jews in Christian sermons in which concerns about the Sabbath issue are seen as “their” issue and not ours.
The second problem with preaching on Sabbath controversies is that we simply do not care about the issue in today’s church. We Christians have not observed the Sabbath -- that is, Friday evening through Saturday evening -- as a day of rest for thousands of years. Moreover, in our post-Christian world, we have become ...
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NL254: Healing on the Sabbath
January 29, 2017
This podcast on Luke 6:1-16, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 29, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.