@CamKufner I’m always impressed by John MacArthur and by Ben Shapiro, but the normally sharp John MacArthur missed an important opportunity here.
Apparently, Ben has the parable of the Good Samaritan mixed-up with Jesus’ teaching on Sabbath healing. John did not point that out - and that was the crux of their conversation at this point.
Ben said that Jesus just exaggerates to make a point that is already Jewish law. He said: “For example, Jesus said, 'You can’t leave a guy to die in a ditch because it’s the Sabbath.” Then he goes on to say, “That’s black letter Jewish law - you can’t leave someone to die in a ditch just because it’s the Sabbath - that’s nothing new…”
Ben did not give a reference, so which Jewish law he’s talking about is unclear.
But in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), there’s no mention of the Sabbath and in the Sabbath healing discourse (Matthew 12), it’s a sheep that falls into the ditch not a man.
John makes a general statement here but he doesn’t hone-in and ask for clarification at this point. Pulling a dying man out of a ditch and pulling a sheep out of a ditch that merely fell into it, are two very different experiences.
It’s easy to talk in generalities, not so easy with specifics.
Ben talked about, “In Jewish thought…” but there are as many different schools of thought in Judaism as there are in Christianity. Don’t Messianic Jew’s thoughts count? Even in Jesus’ earthly time there were Sadducees and Pharisees.
The fact that Ben reads Hebrew is not a truth claim as he suggests. The same is true for a Christian who reads Greek. Reading in the original language is helpful not definitive.
I only watched the clip that you posted, did Ben say something in the rest of the hour long conversation that bothered you?
Jesus never claimed to do away with the Law, He came to fulfill it. So when Ben talks about the fact that Jesus brought nothing new to the law he’s correct. Jesus’ ministry is of the Spirit.
As John said, “Jesus was the most perfect Jew.” God bless.