We will discuss in this post another enigmatic saying of Jesus: The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath Lucas 6-5. We already talked about His command to promote strife inside our family (Matthew 10: 34-36)
Jesus lived in an era when humanity had a level of understanding well below the present one. Although there are illuminated persons living on earth at all times, like Buddha and saints of all religions, the level of understanding of the average person in the time of Jesus
was well below what we have today.
The Jewish people lived at the time of Yahweh, the God of the law. It was the God that you were expected to love, but you should better fear. The fear of the Lord was widely spread among the population.
The coming of Jesus, the God of love, was a radical development, so radical that he was rejected by the majority of the Jews, and condemned to the cross. His ideas were too advanced to be accepted, especially by the doctors of religion.
Ideas that are too advanced for a time are not easily accepted and are generally fiercely opposed.
Let us illustrate with one example the difficulty of understanding a saying of Jesus: “The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath.” Lucas 6-5.
This passage occurred when, going through a corn field on a Saturday, Jesus allowed his followers to pluck ears of corn and eat them. The Pharisees argued that they were working – plucking the corn – what was not allowed on a Sabbath.
To understand Jesus’ words we can ask the help of the Codex Bezae, a reproduction of the New Testament written in the fifth century, containing most of the four canonical gospels and the Acts, There, Jesus is quoted saying: “Man, if thou knowest what thou doest, thou art blessed, But if thou knowest not, thou are accursed and a transgressor of the law.”
Whoever has not reached a higher level of consciousness must follow the law, and that was what Yahweh preached, that was also what the Pharisees preached. But Jesus was preaching at a much higher level.
The Koran, the holy book of Islam, tell the story of the meeting of Moses with Khidr, one of the Lord’s angels. Moses accompanies Khidr, and he sees him murdering a young boy. Astonished, Moses questions the angel, who explains the reason for his act. We can conclude that, if you know what you are doing, you can commit a murder, going against the sixth Commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.”
Man is the Lord of the Sabbath, as long as he is conscious of what he is doing. This reminds us of Jung. He preached that the objective of human life is increasing our consciousness, and called our attention to the saying written on the entrance of Apollo’s Temple in Delphi, Greece: “Know Thyself“.
Roberto Lima Netto believes that our objective in life is to be happy, and that Jungian psychology and Spirituality, his main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. He is the author of several books, including “The Little Prince for Grown-ups” and “The Jungian Bible” that can be found in Amazon. His blog is www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.