Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
August 19, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<368> Thesis: The nature of "Law" is different from the impact of "Law". Introduction: In Psalm 119 we find a host of statements in the AV translation that declare "love" for the Law of God. In verse 97 we read, "O how love I Thy law; it is my meditation all the day." In verse 113 we read, "...Thy law do I love." In verse 119 we read, "...I love Thy testimonies." In verse 127 we read, "I love Thy commandments above fine gold." In verse 159 we read, "...I love Thy precepts...". In verse 163 we read, "...Thy law do I love." In verse 167 we read, "...I love Thy testimonies exceedingly." Yet, when we come to the New Testament we find the apostle Paul writing all manner of warnings about the impact of the Law, the worst of which may well be, "The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the Law" (1 Corinthians 15:56). And that's only a sample. Paul said that anyone who was "under the Law" was in bondage to Sin and that the only way one could escape the dominion of Sin was to escape the position of being "under the Law" (Romans 6:14). In our study of Luke's record of the antagonism of the Pharisees toward Jesus we have seen just how powerful the bondage to Sin is. There was not a one of the Pharisees who would not have loudly quoted all of the verses I read to you from Psalm 119; yet these same Pharisees could not stand Jesus. How does this work? In the paragraph before us today, we see the Pharisees jumping on the disciples of Jesus because those men were pulling the heads off of some of the grain along their path, rubbing it in their hands, and eating it. There are at least two "Why?" questions here. Why were the disciples doing this, given the fact that they knew that the Pharisees taught that it was a sin? And, why did the Pharisees teach that it was a sin? In our study last week we attempted to answer both of those questions. We saw that the disciples ate the grain because they did not believe the Pharisees' doctrine that God hated people who plucked grain and ate it on the way to their worship service. They had lived long enough under the "God hates you" mentality and had been born again by believing that Jesus' doctrine that God loves you was the real truth. And we saw that the Pharisees taught that plucking grain on the Sabbath was a sin because they hated the God whom they believed hated them. That answer is a bit involved, but it is the bottom line. The Pharisees loudly proclaimed their love for God, but they despised Him in their hearts. Their teaching that God hates those who pluck grain on the way to the synagogue was a teaching designed to cause the hearers to hate God back. It was designed by Satan but it was promulgated by the Pharisees. This morning we are going to at least begin to look into Jesus' response to these hate mongers. What we are going to attempt to see is that one's root belief governs all else.