Daily Devotion – June 2, 2018

Mark 2:23—3:6


One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.


Reflection by Janet Derby

“Because I said so.” “I don’t want to see you do that again.” “Don’t ever let me hear you say that.”  Who among us has not said something like that to a child? My husband would laugh when he heard it sometimes and explain that the child in question really didn’t intend to be caught in the act. This Scripture made me think how often we get hung up on specifics instead of the underlying behavior. We sometimes criticize the Pharisees for this and forget how we do the same thing. This story reminds us that it would be good to examine our actions to understand what our motives are and whether we are really doing what is best.



God of the Sabbath, thank you for helping us to understand the spirit of your laws rather than the letter of your law. Amen.

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