Mark 2:27-28 to Ponder

Do you have any idea what Jesus means in this passage?

Have you ever contemplated it?

Mark 2:27-28  (ESV)
27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”


4 thoughts on “Mark 2:27-28 to Ponder

  1. In looking at the context, Jesus was being challenged by the Pharisees who rightly assumed that the law of Moses commanded them to keep the Sabbath. These verses seem to deal with “how” to keep the Sabbath. I believe what Jesus what saying was that the purpose of the Sabbath was to meet human needs, not the other way around and that human needs may supercede the legalistic aspect that the Pharisees put on the Sabbath (like David eating consecrated bread on the Sabbath because he was hungry) – which speaks to the verse 28. Since the Pharisees were the ones making up the rules of the Sabbath, wasn’t Jesus proclaiming that HE was the one that decides “how” the Sabbath is to be observed and not them?

    Just one man’s thoughts…


    Berean Wife Reply:


    I agree with your comment about the Sabbath is to meet the needs of the humans. It was a day of rest and relaxation for all the humans and even for their animals. In no way was the Sabbath intended to be a burden or harmful to another, but always a source of good.

    Being Lord of the Sabbath seem to be pointing out that He instituted the Sabbath and He can change the Sabbath as He sees fit.

    This same passage in Matthew is even more interesting when taken in context! 🙂

    Berean Wife


  2. Jesus was clearly saying He owned the sabbath because He was Lord of it. It was made for all of mankind to enjoy.

    This is supposed to be an enjoyable day not one filled with burdens imposed by self-righteous men. We need to look at the seventh-day sabbath as a blessing from God because this is the only day of the week that God specifically blessed and set aside as holy (sanctified).

    On this day we should spend time reflecting prayerfully on God’s perfect creation and perfect redemption.


    Berean Wife Reply:

    Mr. Moorman,

    The Jews were instructed to rest and to not be burdened with work or cares on the Sabbath. The Lord gave them that day.

    However, there is absolutely no instructions for the Church concerning the Sabbath. Why is that? If many, many Gentiles were coming into the church why did the Lord not instruct the church as to observation of the Sabbath. Paul specifically addresses the observance of days and the observance of all days alike.

    Colossians 2:16-23
    16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.
    17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
    18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
    19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
    20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—
    21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”
    22 ( referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?
    23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.


    The Sabbath was a shadow of the Sabbath rest to come. Christ has fulfilled that shadow.

    We should spend time each day reflecting on God’s holiness and our redemption. One day in a week is not enough; everyday is not enough; nor will eternity be enough.

    Berean Wife


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