One of the struggles God has with His chosen is helping them to understand why there are rules in life. God framed life for us to give us the maximum experience. He set parameters for our benefit and aid. He did not craft rules as some “GOTCHA Mechanism”. When Jesus began his ministry, His primary focus was to show the world a true snapshot of the Father, not some ominous caricature of a cosmic kill joy, with a ruler to slap our hands every time we missed a box or failed to properly honor a rule. Chief among those gotchas was the sabbath. Make no mistake, God wants us to set aside a day for rest and worship. We need that. We get to spinning so fast on our axis, that sometimes we would wear out if we did not take a day and slow down refocus and reconnect with the Lord.
Still, that process was never intended to be a burden, in fact, it was designed as the opposite–a relief to the week’s burdens. The Jewish leaders, however had crafted the law so carefully as to completely lose the meaning behind God’s day of rest. They made it so intricate that people literally dreaded what God intended to be the best day of the week. So, Jesus as He was ministering, showed these “scholars” that they were missing the boat. He simply celebrated the day without fanfare or worry–not sweating the small stuff. The religious leaders hated that! “Where is the guilt?, where is the oppression in that?”, they thought. Jesus simply shook His head and left examples for those that had eyes to see, that God was not playing Gotcha–no Father does that!
We, as God’s chosen, are loved and saved from our sin and the world’s grip on our lives. Why would the Father save us to then make us miserable with rules and checklists that direct each breath and step we take? Jesus said it best when asked what laws were the most important–He replied, “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength! then Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” If we will do those two things, there will never be a need for a checklist. Our behavior will reflect the Father! Jesus knew that and did his best to teach and demonstrate that throughout His ministry!
God Bless You
One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain. 2 But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”
3 Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He went into the house of God and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests can eat. He also gave some to his companions.” 5 And Jesus added, “The Son of Man[a] is Lord, even over the Sabbath.”
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
6 On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching. 7 The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.
8 But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward. 9 Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”
10 He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! 11 At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.