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Rule Breaker – “The Office Hours”

Rule: God doesn’t do anything on His day off.

Mark 2:23-24, 27-28 (The Voice) One Sabbath Jesus and His disciples were walking through a field of grain; as they walked, His disciples grew hungry. They began to pull from the stalks and eat.

The Pharisees confronted Him.

Pharisees: Did You see that? Why are Your disciples doing what our law forbids on the Sabbath?…

Jesus: The Sabbath was made for the needs of human beings, and not the other way around. So the Son of Man is Lord even over the Sabbath.

Mark 3:1-6 On the Sabbath, Jesus had come into a synagogue where He saw a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees held their breath: would Jesus cure this man on the Sabbath, right there in front of everyone? If so, they could charge Him with breaking the Sabbath law. Jesus knew their hearts. He called to the man with the withered hand.

Jesus: Come to Me.

Then He turned to the Pharisees with a question.

Jesus: Do our laws tell us to do good or evil on the Sabbath? To save life, or to snuff it out?

They remained silent.  Jesus was furious as He looked out over the crowd, and He was grieved by their hard hearts.

Jesus (to the man with the withered hand): So be it. Stretch out your hand.

The man stretched forth his hand; and as he did, it was completely healed. The Pharisees went directly from the synagogue to consult with the supporters of Herod, the Romans’ puppet ruler, about how they could get rid of this dangerous dreamer.

Why are we to honor the Sabbath?

  1. To remember our Creator.  (Exodus 20)
  1. To remember our freedom. (Deuteronomy 5)

Why does Jesus break their rules?

  1. Jesus identifies with the pain of others.
  1. Jesus changes the definition of “work”.
  1. Jesus always chooses people over policies.
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