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Just thought I would share a few observations with you, about being bound up vs FREE after “digging” a little deeper…

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Matthew 12: 1-21 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.  2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

Going through the whole passage you will see that we are recounting two instances where Jesus & His disciples were “disobeying” the law of the Sabbath.  The one listed above, and this one also:

Matthew 12: 9-10

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

In both situations, Jesus or His disciples are being charged with breaking the law, by the pharisees (the law keepers of the day) … and let me just say, breaking the law of the Sabbath … is NOT a trivial affair!

But, what is His response? What did he do when confronted? Did Jesus look at them astonished and say, “Oh wait, it’s the Sabbath today??  Dude, I completely lost track of time this week … My bad, hey, psssst…. guys! (eyebrows arched) ‘STOP eating the gra-ains…it’s the Sabbath!'”

Nope.

He answered with authority:

Matthew 12: 3-8 (NIV)

3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Basically, Jesus reminded the pharisees that David’s men ate the sacred bread when they were hungry, and He also informs them that He is Lord of the Sabbath — meaning that it is up to Him to decide what is “lawful,” and what is “unlawful” on the Sabbath.  He even goes on to explain to them why it is ok to heal someone on the Sabbath, when he replied to their question:

Matthew 12: 11-14

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

Observation?

The “Religious” people, are ALWAYS going to be angry or at least irritated with those who are moving in more freedom in Christ then they are.  However, their legalism and efforts to be “law abiding” Christians, is only going to bring them more bondage and even death.

The religious people tried to CORRECT Jesus … the Son of Man.  The religious people – the pharisees- wanted to KILL, not reprimand, Jesus because of His level of freedom and authority.

So, why would Jesus break the law? Wasn’t he perfect?

Yes, of course He was!  But as you will note below, Jesus was NOT “under the law.”  So, He was not necessarily concerned with what the law said, because He brought the New Covenant with Him, and was “Lord” over it, as we saw above.

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Bottom Line:

No matter what “law” I obey and keep, I will not be declared righteous by doing it.  Only through Christ, and what He did for me on the cross (as a free gift), will I ever be declared righteous.

In other words, When in doubt: follow Christ’s example.

For example, Modern Religion says (implies), I must go to church every week in order to please God.  But if on my way to church, I encounter a friend who has an urgent need, that I can legitimately meet … Christ shows us that we can be His hands and Feet, and help that person.

Yes, we may miss the church service, but if we catch that MOMENT, which was divinely orchestrated for us, in order to show that person the Love of Christ, isn’t that the more important thing to have done?

I’ll leave that one up to you!

Be Encouraged Friends! And, I pray that God allows us to all grow in His Love and Grace!!

*To View these verses in Spanish, please follow these links: Mateo12: 1-14Romanos 3:19-20

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  1. Good job Julie. Remember you are the church. The temple of the living God. A temple not made with hands. Christ in you the hope of glory. They that worship Him must worship him in Spirit & in truth.

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  2. Hi Julie I had lots your blog, my reader is not showing every one, now I go and bookmark certain blogs like yours ;), a friend has been missing church and some people at church have been mad at her telling her not to miss mass, but her grandma is sick she has to take care of her, like the comment above, I told her that she was church, maybe she is missing church but she is doing something special in gods name.

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    • Hey Doris! Glad you found me again (although, I have been away for a while, anyway)!! You’re so right! And honestly, I know from experience, (sadly), that if she were to miss her grandmother’s last days, weeks, years or whatever time she has, she will deeply regret it!!

      Regardless, I think the church today [the church building, and it’s traditions, I should clarify] has become somewhat of an idol to people today (as we’ve talked ab before), and they are forgetting what the church’s original intention was: to share the love of Christ with the world…by being His hands and feet!

      She shouldn’t feel one bit guilty for doing the same thing Christ would have done… I can almost gaurantee that if He were visiting your town, He would not hesitate for one second over the decision to attend a service over healing a person!

      Sorry, this was so long! It just upsets me to hear this kind of thing going on in the body…when one member suffers, we all suffer together…so, I’m glad she has a friend like you to comfort and reassure her!

      I pray that the peace and love of the father covers her and her family and that the healing power that Christ paid for on the cross is manifested in her grandmother’s body immediately! Amen.

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