the old ways and the new Lord

August 2015 (31)Mark 2:23-28

23 Then he happened to be passing by the grain fields on one of the Sabbaths, and his disciples began to make their way along while plucking the heads of grain. 24 So the Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is not proper[1] on the Sabbaths?” 25 And He says to them, “Have you never read what David did when he had a need and he was hungry, also the ones with him?” 26 how he entered into the house of God at the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which is not proper to eat except for the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 So he said to them “The Sabbath came about because of man, and not man because of the Sabbath.” 28 “Accordingly, the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath.”

the old ways and the new Lord

The disciples has temporarily put aside the tradition of regular fasting, and Jesus defended their doing so. They had kept the tradition of Sabbath keeping, but with a difference. They no longer saw Sabbath keeping as a test of their devotion. If necessary, they could break the Sabbath traditions in order to remain devoted to Jesus as their Lord. They affirmed that Sabbath keeping was a way to express devotion, but the most important thing was not how they showed devotion, but who they were devoted to.

Each of us should examine how we demonstrate our devotion to God. Some of the old ways might need to be abandoned, and some strengthened. The difference is whether those ways actually reflect and encourage a true relationship with Jesus.

LORD, show us how to worship you without worshipping our worship.


[1] εξεστιν (2:24, 26; 3:4; 6:18; 10:2; 12:14).

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