Sabbath is for Man | Mark 2-3

Welcome to Real Life. I am quick to pick up the gavel and play judge. That person is so wrong! But, whose rules am I using? 

Am I going by God's rules or making up my own?
How do we get it so wrong? The Pharisees were the theologians of Jesus’ day. They studied God’s Word. They knew the law. They kept the law. The problem: they added to the law.

God set aside the seventh day, the Sabbath, as a day of rest. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were so bent on policing and adding stipulations to the “no work” rule that they forgot the reason behind the rule. It’s for our benefit. These bodies of flesh grow tired. If we keep working without taking a break, our bodies and minds break. Rest is critical for good health.

Twice, the Pharisees condemn Jesus for breaking the Sabbath. First, he and his disciples are crossing a grain field. The disciples pick and eat some grain. The Pharisees notice. They accuse Jesus of letting his disciples break the Sabbath law. Jesus replies,

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 
So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” Mark 2:27-28 (NIV).

At another time, Jesus is teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath. A man with a shriveled hand is present. The religious leaders watch closely. Will he heal on the Sabbath? Jesus knows their thoughts. Yet, it doesn't prevent him from fulfilling the Father's will and blessing this poor man. The Lord says, “Stand up in front of everyone.” He completely restores the man’s hand. And then asks, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” The room remains silent. 

I denounce the Pharisees as legalists. However, I am just as quick to judge a person whose actions strays outside of my rules, my comfort zone. Or, as my friend Michelle says, “We judge others by their actions. We judge ourselves by our motives.” I condemn others for their poor behavior, while readily excusing my own.

I desire to be a woman of grace. But, I still have a long, long way to grow.

Lord Jesus, keep me near your heart. Forgive me for nitpicking. Help me see the truth.

Taking it further ... 


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  2. A friend emailed this comment, since she was not able to leave it on this page:

    "I too have a long way to go, Peggi. Sometimes it seems futile but I think it's better to fail and know it than to be oblivious to your failures. I think everyone should read "What's So Amazing about Grace?" Thank you for another wonderful reminder that we are human and we are loved." Linnea


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