Today’s Reading: Mark 2:13-14, Matthew 9:10-13, Luke 5:29-39, John 5, Matt 12:1-21, Mark 2:23-3:12, Luke 6:6-19
Highlights: There are two sides to today’s reading: On the one hand Jesus continues performing wonderful miracles of all sorts and has great multitudes following him, so much so that His physical safety is threatened (Mark 6:9).
Those wonderful healings are sadly overshadowed by the ugly opposition Jesus is receiving from the Jewish religious elite, especially the Pharisees, a sect of the Jews who emphasized strict observance of the rites and ceremonies of the Law of Moses. They oppose him for associating with sinners, not fasting as they do, claims to be the Son of God, and for performing miracles on the Sabbath, and even begin plotting His death (Luke 6:11, Mark 3:6, John 5:16).
Also in our reading is how Jesus spends a night in prayer and then chooses His 12 apostles.
Its difficult to imagine someone getting angry at Jesus for some of these wonderful, compassionate miracles. Why did the Pharisees react as they did? Did Jesus really break God’s law? Does He teach that it is acceptable to ignore God’s law?
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