Jesus Heals on the Sabbath - Rich Braaksma

January 15, 2017

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Media @ New Hope CalgarySabbath keeping may not be the thing we spend all our time worrying about. So what do we do with Mark 2:23-3:6? Two stories about Sabbath. Jesus disciples walking through grain fields and snacking, and then Jesus healing a man in the synagogue on Sabbath angry and sad that everyone cares more about the law than helping a man who is suffering.

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath? He answered, Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 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 The Sabbath was made for human beings, not human beings for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath. Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said, Stand up in front of everyone. Then Jesus asked them, Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill? But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, Stretch out your hand. He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
-Mark 2:23-3:5

The point is not that Jesus was a good guy who accepted everybody, and thus we should do the same (though that would be good). Rather, his teachings and behavior reflect an alternative social vision. Jesus was not talking about how to be good and how to behave within the framework of a domination system. He was a critic of the domination system itself.
- Marcus Borg

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
- Ephesians 6:12

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The Same Love

How Great Thou Art

Come as you are

King Of The World

Fix You

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Mark 2:23-3:5,Ephesians 6:12

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