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Thursday, September 04, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Matthew 12:1-14
1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples became hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, "Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath." 3 But He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, 4 how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone? 5 "Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? 6 "But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 "But if you had known what this means, 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 "For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." 9 Departing from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"--so that they might accuse Him. 11 And He said to them, "What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 "How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." 13 Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand!" He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
A day off each week to rest and focus on God is a good thing. However, the Pharisees of the days would up making it a day to focus on rules. For instance, elevators in orthodox Jewish territory automatically go to every floor on the Sabbath, for hitting a floor button would be concidered work. God wants us to focus on Him on the Sabbath (Sunday for most of us). It's not a day to do errands or to catch up on work, but to rest, spend time with friends and family and draw closer to God. All work and no re-creation make Johnny an unproductive boy. I remember when I was in a busy stretch of my MBA program, I caught myself going to the early service at the large church I was attending in order to "get it out of the way." Sunday's not a day to get God out of the way. Nor is any other day, for that matter, but I remember rebuking myself for that attitude. Sometimes, you do have to get some work in or run the occasional errand on the way home from church, but those should be the exception to the rule. P.S. Sorry for the lateness-I gave Eileen a ride to work this morning and didn't squeeze in my morning quiet time until now.

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