Matthew – Fulfilled
There is always that one kid on the playground that shouts, “I’m gonna tell, I’m gonna tell” in that sing-songy voice and runs to the teacher with every little thing that might happen. Most times, if tattlers are bored or feel they are not included, they will just make up stuff to tell. It’s annoying when you just want to play and have fun with your friends.
The Pharisees seem to have a bunch of these “spies” out to catch Jesus at ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. It’s almost as if one or two are following him more closely than the disciples, to see what man-made religious rule He might bend or break. Tattletales miss the point. Tattletales are annoying to us and they were to Jesus. Mm, maybe that’s another reason why the Son of God had to come to earth, to show the tattlers the difference between religion and relationship. (Smiling.)
Matthew 12, The Message
In Charge of the Sabbath
12 1-2 One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: “Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!”
3-5 Jesus said, “Really? Didn’t you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? And didn’t you ever read in God’s Law that priests carrying out their Temple duties break Sabbath rules all the time and it’s not held against them?
6-8 “There is far more at stake here than religion. If you had any idea what this Scripture meant—‘I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual’—you wouldn’t be nitpicking like this. The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he’s in charge.”
9-10 When Jesus left the field, he entered their meeting place. There was a man there with a crippled hand. They said to Jesus, “Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?” They were baiting him.
11-14 He replied, “Is there a person here who, finding one of your lambs fallen into a ravine, wouldn’t, even though it was a Sabbath, pull it out? Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!” Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out and it was healed. The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus.
What do we learn?
–The Lord of the Sabbath is in charge!
–The Lord prefers “a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual”.
–What will we think about when we meet with our church this morning? Or any time? Rules or relationships?
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for reminding us that You are in charge, over all, and in all who believe. May our relationship with You grow deeper each day. Our desire is to walk or run in the unforced rhythm of your grace. In Jesus Name, Amen