THE HEART OF THE SABBATH
The Good News!
Because of dad not feeling well and a slight fall he had yesterday, we are staying home from church to watch over him. We love our church. We love worshiping God corporately with our family and friends. But we are one of those “shut-ins” today as we care for our loved one. We will miss this time together, but we won’t miss worship, for God hears our hearts. Our very hearts, minds and souls will be focused on Him this morning…as always. This is the heart of worship. This is the heart of the Sabbath.
That being said, the very next passage in Mark brings peace to my heart this morning! No kidding, I’m not jumping around the scriptures to fit what I’m going through at present! God’s Spirit illuminates what I need for this present time as I read and learn and take comfort in His Word for THIS day! Jesus teaches about the Sabbath…from HIS heart.
Mark 2, The Message
Feasting or Fasting?
18 The disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees made a practice of fasting. Some people confronted Jesus: “Why do the followers of John and the Pharisees take on the discipline of fasting, but your followers don’t?”
19-20 Jesus said, “When you’re celebrating a wedding, you don’t skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!”
21-22 He went on, “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don’t put your wine in cracked bottles.”
23-24 One Sabbath day he was walking through a field of ripe grain. As his disciples made a path, they pulled off heads of grain. The Pharisees told on them to Jesus: “Look, your disciples are breaking Sabbath rules!”
25-28 Jesus said, “Really? Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was hungry, along with those who were with him? How he entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, with the Chief Priest Abiathar right there watching—holy bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat—and handed it out to his companions?” Then Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren’t made to serve the Sabbath. The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath. He’s in charge!”
HE’S IN CHARGE! No matter where we are!
And that’s not all…
Mark 3, The Message
Doing Good on the Sabbath
3 1-3 Then he went back in the meeting place where he found a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. He said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand here where we can see you.”
4 Then he spoke to the people: “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” No one said a word.
5-6 He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new! The Pharisees got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with Herod’s followers and ruin him.
So there it is, Jesus is in charge! He is in control of our hearts as we worship wherever we are…if we let Him. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords whether we choose to accept that Truth or not. Jesus..the reason for Sabbath.
“Come, and I’ll give you rest.’ –Jesus
Dear Heavenly Father, As we watch over our loved one, give him healing and peace. Give us discernment and wisdom as we care for him today. May the worship of our hearts, minds and souls be pleasing to You, for You are the Heart of Worship. You are King of our hearts. Thank you for Your Word. Now, give us power to live it!
In Jesus Name, Amen