Friday 4 October, 2019

Luke 6:1-5

6 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” 3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

It seems Jesus had lots of followers. Some were following him to learn from him. Some were following looking for the Messiah. Others were following to find reasons to reject him. They heard the same teaching as everyone else. They saw the same miracles but could only see offense.

It’s ironic that their obsession with Torah (the law) caused them to reject the one who gave them Torah. Their focus on what (they thought) people shouldn’t do blinded them to what God was doing right in front of them. Their dedication to doing the word of God blocked them seeing the significance of Jesus’ words: only God is the Lord of God’s law.

I can shake my head in disapproval, but there’s a warning there for me too. What am I expecting to hear and see as I follow Jesus?

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21) To “experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand”. (Philippians 4:7)

Lord, stretch my expectations of who you are and what you are saying and doing. Stretch my faith to see and step into the things you’re doing.

Written by David Cornell

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