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As Jesus continued his mission, the lines were being drawn between Him and the religous leaders. Rather than getting to know what He was about, they were looking for ways to trip Him up.  On a lovely sabboth day, they thought they had Him.  First they saw the disciples picking grain and eating it, as they walked–“How dare they harvest on the Sabbath?” Then, they planted a man with a withered hand in front of Jesus to trick him into healing the man on the Sabbath. They smuggly asked Jesus…”Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”  Jesus, shook his head, “You simply do not get it.”

Jesus knew then and now, God looks at our hearts…I’m sure the sarcasm passed Jesus mind, “Is it lawful to lure and trap Messiahs on the Sabbath?” So as kind as He could, Jesus called them out–in effect, He reminded them, “Keeping the Sabbath Holy is about honoring God, and trusting Him to provide as you work 6 days and then rest one. Doing good on the sabbath is a great way to honor God, and eatng is never prohibited.  If, on balance, you examined the hearts of those you seek to trick and your own hearts–which one was out to honor God our father?

We need to Worship our Lord. We need to make Sunday’s special. Church, family and rest are critical to keep perspective and to enjoy God’s blessing. Chick Filet has shown us again that a restaurant can be successfu even if it is closed on Sunday! So, it is not about not honoring the sabbath–it is about trusting and worshipping God and not the rules and regulatons. If we trade our allegiance from God to the law, we are no different than those that worship the creation and not the creator.  God looks at our hearts–That is what He wants to restore, and that is where He wants to live!

God Bless You

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a]you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.