Violating the Sabbath?

In Mark 2:23-28, we are informed of another encounter Jesus had with the religious establishment: “And it came to pass, that He went through the corn fields on the Sabbath Day; and His disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto Him, Behold, why do they on the Sabbath Day that which is not lawful? And He said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” The religious leaders wanted God, the Son, to comply with God’s rules their way. Just do and be the way we say to do and be. Keep the letter of the Law; never mind the spirit of the Law! Jesus explained to them that God established the Sabbath to bless men, not to burden them. Then He made a statement that they “choked” on: “….the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Religion is blind to all but what it decides. Charles W. Naylor contrasts the joy of the Lord’s Day with rigid observance of the Sabbath Day. His hymn, “The Lord’s Day,” explains: “O day of all the days the best, when—laid aside each earthly care—we meet with God’s dear saints so blest, and in their praise and worship share. Not by a rigid code we’re bound with death to all who disobey; but through God’s love within us found, we keep this precious worship day. This day our Lord in triumph rose to give us hope beyond the grave; He conquered all our many foes, and proved His mighty pow’r to save. So in remembrance we will keep this blessed resurrection day, the pledge of all who wake or sleep, that they shall live through Him for aye.” Selah! Jesus and His disciples didn’t violate the Sabbath, they understood its purpose!   Ron

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