Fields and Formulas

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23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then 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.”

Mark 3:23-28

The present-day prosperity Gospel preachers have a formula for everything. If you have this amount of faith you will be blessed with this amount of health and wealth. Send the guy $100 and you will prosper. Send the guy $1000 and you will super duper prosper. It is all a racket and has nothing to do with Christ or Scriptural teaching.

The Pharisees had a similar approach to God’s Law. They broke everything down into formulas. They overthought everything and debated to the point of ridiculous conclusions. The Pharisees developed schemes and exploited perceived loopholes in sabbath laws. The whole thing was religion gone way bad.

The idea of a 40-hr-work-week is only about 100 years old. God commanded a sabbath because he knew people needed the rest. The sabbath was not intended to keep the hungry man or woman from getting something to eat. This is what Jesus means about the sabbath being created for man. Thank you so much, Jesus, for clearing that up. I have to be honest – I just need a certain amount of down time. I dread those weekends when I get home on Friday night and Lorie starts listing all the places and events on the itinerary for the weekend. That is not rest. Slow down and in the words of the 20th century philosophers Frey and Henley start, “Takin’ it easy.”

April 28th, 2015 by

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