October 25

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?

Thanks for your comments!


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4 Responses to October 25

  1. The Pharisees ultimately were afraid of losing their power and status. Think they were obviously spiritually blinded and had hardened hearts. Even though they were blinded, I think they realized Jesus calling for repentance included them as sinners. Jesus wants mercy and not sacrifice, which made them madder. They were seeing their whole way of life, power and standing being criticized and threatened.
    One of their majors accusations was that Jesus was using the power of Satan to accomplish His miracles; that He had broken God’s law, which of course He had not. He was teaching..
    He did not teach it being acceptable to ignore God’s law ( and doing so would lead to their own destruction is implied I think and later stated) .

  2. Mary K

    Thank you, Susan for this good comment. I am impressed by Jesus’ repeated message that God wants mercy not sacrifice, which repeats a quotation from the prophets we recently studied. From that perspective, He was more closely keeping God’s law than many of the religious Jews.

  3. Jimmy Haynes

    The part that gets me is when they are accused of breaking the Sabbath law Jesus reminds them that David (they wouldn’t dare accuse David!)) “went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat, except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?” (Mark 2:26).

    Jesus admits that David did something that technically “was not lawful”, yet He was justified in doing it. We certainly have to be careful in applying this but does this not show that there are somethings more important than the specific details of God’s law? Later Jesus talks about the “weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, faith, and the love of God (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42).

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