Why did Jesus try to hide his Identity as the Messiah? Imagine if he was trying to hide the fact that he was God! Jesus told the people he healed to remain quite about who he was, as the father revealed to Isaiah 42:1-3 Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; my chosen one in whom My soul delights. 2. “He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed He will not break, And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish” The Father says His son will not be seeking fame or reputation as Phil. 2:5 confirms that He emptied himself of his privilege as born King of the Jews! He took on no reputation and was humbled, as His father description above explained how his future son would conduct himself.
Luke 8:28 is an explicit statement from a Demon, spoken directly to Jesus! If what this demon says is not absolute truth Jesus would have corrected him on the spot. 28 And seeing Jesus, He (the demonized man) cried out and fell before Him (Jesus) and said in a loud voice, “What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
So scripture tells us in this above text that this man Jesus is the son of this most high God. And that also implies that there are other lesser gods, or so called gods. John 10:34 I Cor. 8:5
Matthew 12 Shining Light blog with my comments in Bold
12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn [grain, in 1611 English; corn meant a kernel as of grain]; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of grain and to eat.
Notice: They gleaned a few heads of grain as one might take an apple to munch; they did not pay for this, they did not cook it, and they did not take a basket to harvest, nor did they bear any burden in removing any to their homes.
12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
As I keep telling those with this same attitude who seek excuses for sin; there is NOTHING WRONG with eating on the Sabbath, as long as all serious cooking and preparation is done before Sabbath. These men did NOT cook, pay for, or in any way do any amount of work beyond grabbing a handful of grain and eating it.
Actually Sabbath preparation is easy and takes little time. The term “preparation day”, does not mean that it takes the whole day to prepare; it means that all necessary preparation is to be done on that day. Simply having ones clothes ready, shining ones shoes, filling the gas tank and making sure there is enough food ready, is all that is really needed.
12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 12:4 How he entered into the house of God,( Jesus is pointing out Davids God, was not Jesus.) and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
Of course David and his men were fainting with hunger and fleeing for their lives, while the priests are commanded by God (Yehovah the father)to do what they do on Sabbath! And that is the point! Jesus is saying that he was the very Creator of the Sabbath;(Jesus is saying that he was hungry like David and that the Sabbath was made by his father at creation for Man. Mark 10:6.) and they had his consent as LORD of the Sabbath! Just like the priests have his permission to keep their commanded Sabbath activities; and the act of mercy towards David in his genuine “Ox in the ditch” situation had Christ’s approval as the LORD of the Sabbath.
As the priests worked on Sabbath in obedience to Christ (The father is the law giver to Moses, the obedience is to the father) The commanded Sabbath activities, and acts of mercy towards man and beast are appropriate; so they are for us today. Further as we shall see; the Sabbath was made for man to rest and enjoy; and suffering, even of hunger is to be relieved, this is done through proper preparation, but one may grab a handful of grain or an apple off a tree to serve an immediate need, as one is walking along!
12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
It is certainly permissible to do the commanded Sabbath activities, to relieve suffering and to eat on the Sabbath; however we are to properly prepare for the Sabbath and Holy Days on the preparation day. We are not to buy or sell; or to do any regular work, including food preparation and cooking on Sabbath or Holy Days.
12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Here is the core of the issue; they were being instructed by the very Lord of the Sabbath! The father created the Sabbath for man to have a day of rest and connection back to the one God and father that created them, Jesus was a sin free man, he was lord of the Sabbath because he was the Son of Man.
12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
The narrative continues about the Sabbath day, with the people asking him if it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath, trying to trap him into admitting that his conduct was Sabbath breaking.
12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Christ explained that it was lawful to heal and alleviate suffering on the Sabbath, and then healed the man in front of them.
12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
The Pharisees then went out in anger, feeling that they had lost face being humiliated in front of the people; instead of rejoicing at this new understanding being presented to them. So it is today. I Agree tradition most always trumps truth. One God, not two or three.
12:15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
Christ preached to the masses and kept himself from the Pharisees by remaining in the crowds and charging his disciples to keep his plans and location hidden from others.
12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. God prophezises about his future son.
Christ did not lift a finger to physically defend himself, he did not call for others to build an army to defend him or take the kingdom at that time; but preached sincere repentance and the righteousness of obedience to God; (His God and father) which we are to do also; until he will come to take the Kingdom and in righteousness shall be victorious.
When Jesus started his ministry he was very careful about identify himself as the messiah, If he had claimed to be God himself, he would have been stoned to death long before the crucifixion.
Brethren at the end of the day we have the same God and father that Jesus has and that David had and that Abraham Had. The Elohim Moses delivered Israel from bondage, the Elohim Jesus delivers those whom God calls from spiritual bondage into eternal life.