Jesus taught that "the scripture cannot be broken". (John 10:35c.) Time after time, those who would not believe would attempt to catch our Lord in snares. But Jesus responded with Scripture, knowing the Word of God more deeply than the children of the world.
In Mark 2:23-28, our Lord addressed the Pharisee-stumblingblocks regarding what can be done on the Sabbath day. Jesus confounded their doctrines by using Scripture. To wit:
"And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
"And he saith unto them, Have ye never read ((in 1_Samuel 21:6)) what David did, when he had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests ((Exodus 29:32-33)), and gave also to them which were with him?
"And he saith unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath."
Clearly, Jesus confounded their doctrines by showing that David, indwelled with the Spirit of the LORD, had been "out of step" with their doctrines. Would they therefore say that christ David acted unlawfully? Of course not. Indeed, Jesus confounded by Scripture because He knew it better than they, the children of the world, could even begin to know it.
Via Scripture again, Jesus further exposed the hypocrisy of their rigid doctrinal snare regarding Sabbath observation, in John 7:22-23. "Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision ((Leviticus 12:3, and see: Luke 1:59)); (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers ((Genesis 17:10-11));) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?" That is, the law of Moses required that a boy be circumcised on the eighth day from his birth. If the eighth day was a Sabbath day, the law ("of Moses") required that the boy still be circumcised ---in conflict with the rigid-observation doctrinal snare regarding unyielding rest on the Sabbath. Thus, Jesus demonstrated the obvious as He said in Matthew 12:12 that, indeed, "it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days."
Later, when the Judaeans were preparing to stone Jesus for "making Himself God", Jesus again confounded by Scripture. John 10:34-36:
"Jesus answered them, ((David in Psalms 82:6 "gods" and Exodus 22:9 "judges", both are same word " 'elohiym " in the original, old language ---meaning God, deity, gods, or magistrates)) Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
"If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?"
Again, Jesus showed that, according to the Judaeans' rationale, the Psalm of Spirit-filled messiah David would have to be "out of step" with their very doctrines. He again confounded their doctrinal snares by the TRUTH of Scripture.
After Jesus had given the Two Great Commandments, He confounded the "religious leaders" of His day (using Scripture) in Matthew 22:41-46. "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?
"They say unto him, The Son of David.
"He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, ((in Psalms 110:1)) The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
"And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions."
Indeed, our Lord and Saviour frequently confounded their manmade doctrines by using Scripture and then asking a rhetorical question, one that they could not answer without contradicting Scripture itself. Such was an example set to be followed. (He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.)
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