Mark Has Some Good News, Part 9, Do You Know How Much Jesus Knows About You?
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" 25 And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?" 27 And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath."
Do you think Jesus would watch football on Sunday?
If you do your in the camp with a few of us who have realized just what those passages talks about. And if you don't can you articulate why?
Here we see Jesus spending a nice day with his disciples walking through the country. Picture the rolling hills in the background. Golden grain all about them and of course our third wheel of the gospel the Pharisees, cautiously following behind trying to figure this Jesus guy out. Following doing their best to find a fault in him. And they think they've got him, because some of his disciples start to pluck grains and eat them. That's harvesting and thou shalt not toil on the Sabbath!! They might have said... Probably not.
Let me ask you, what is Jesus doing in the field? Do you think he’s working hard to find the demons that got away? How about diligently searching for sick and discouraged people to teach in the middle of nowhere? No. He was just walking with his friend. If they went there to work the all-knowing God came a little unprepared don't you think. No scythe, no bag not combine (remember he God he can do stuff like that). He wasn't there to do any work. He was just walking, taking it easy with friends and chilling out.
Let's flip the coin and ask that question about the Pharisees. What were they doing in the field? Why they were working of course. The job of a Pharisees was to be as religiously righteous as possible. So to find fault in a perfect person is hard work, you need a lot of over time to pull it off so naturally you end up working on Sundays... Doh. Do you see what happens when you don't take God seriously but you do take him literally? I mean the Pharisees wanted to play it safe and not be caught violating the Sabbath day. And in so work harder than they had all week just to prove themselves more righteous as non-Sabbath breakers. Not something you should be doing in the presence of God right?
God knows how each and every one of us is built, and how we recharge our life's batteries. For some people this means doing nothing on a Sunday, for other this means jogging 10 miles, mowing a lawn, bombing down a hill on a longboard or going for long walks to stretch, relax and enjoy.
May we never get so caught up with not working on the Sabbath that we end up working over our grey matter on the day we should be doing meaningless things to the glory of God. Jesus teaches us here that all the rules don't matter if you miss the point of not stressing out by stressing the details you see.
So chill, any way that God made you able to this Sabbath and make it about Gods rest for you instead of your work on how to best play it safe.