Today we are looking at Mark 2:23 through 3:6.
In these passages, Jesus and his disciples come head to head with the Pharisees about the Sabbath.
The Sabbath was from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. It was a time of no work whatsoever. Presently, I think the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” gave us quite a bit of insight into what Sabbath preparations look like. Frenzy – getting ready for Sabbath required lots of work because you weren’t allowed to even light a fire on the Sabbath.
Then along came Jesus. His followers stopped spending time trying to figure out what they should be doing and started living holy lives. In so doing, they broke some of the traditional rules.
Imagine this: You are learning to ride a bike. You are focused on everything you should and shouldn’t be doing. A piece of paper flies across your path – do you hit the paper? No! You aren’t going fast, you stop, and have a personal meltdown on all the dangers on what could have happened if that paper flying had landed in your face, etc. (okay, I’m having fun, but you get the picture.)
Now imagine yourself on the same bike, only you now have your focus on riding free. You are flying down the road. A paper flies across your path. Do you hit it? Maybe – you hardly even notice it – and even if it lands on your face, you will just swipe it away because your focus is way down the road on the goal.
Now, imagine serving God. You can either focus on all the shoulds – how do I get this right? OR you can focus on God Himself and let the little things fall where they may. Here’s what happens if you focus on God:
- Temptation doesn’t trip you as easily because you are highly focused.
- You have the freedom to dream wide and large because your focus is as big as the God of the Universe.
- You can receive all that God has for you because your focus is on Him instead of on rules.
Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath – we are supposed to take a day of rest every week – not so that God can control us and we can fulfill a religious obligation, but so that we can have the freedom to open up our focus wide and let God show us His dreams for us.
What dreams does God want to show you this week?
Will you take time out to ask Him and let Him show you?