Welcome back to We Wonder: Lent. Long ago, Jesus said to his friends, "Come: follow me," and during Lent we are following Jesus all the way through the gospel of Mark. Today, in Mark chapters 2 and 3, Jesus says and does some surprising things on the Sabbath, which is a special day to rest.
Mark 2:18 - 3:6 (NIRV)
I wonder why the time was not right for Jesus's disciples to fast from food while they were all together, following him? I wonder how Jesus with his disciples was like a groom with his friends at a wedding?
In those days, God's people followed the laws Moses gave about resting on the Sabbath. People prepared their food ahead of time, so they would not have to do any kind of work on the Sabbath day. I wonder what it was like to see the disciples walking through a field, plucking grain like farmers at work, while everyone else was resting as a way to obey God?
I wonder why Jesus told the story of David and his men eating the holy bread that was supposed to belong to God? I wonder how the Pharisees felt, hearing Jesus compare himself to King David from long ago?
Can I imagine being in the synagogue, where the man with the twisted and hurting hand had come on the Sabbath? Can I picture everyone looking at Jesus, wondering what will happen next? How does Jesus's face look to me, as he looks at the man and then turns towards the Pharisees? How does his voice sound?
Do you know where the Sabbath laws came from? God told Moses that the people should rest on the seventh day, just like God rested after six days of creating the world. People could stop working and remember that all that we have comes from God, our creator, and not from our own efforts. The Sabbath day was so important because it reminded people to rest and depend on God. I wonder why Jesus made a point of breaking these Sabbath rules?
I wonder what made the Pharisees so angry that they wanted to kill Jesus?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to ask God about right now?
Are there any words, or pictures, or moments from this story that I want to take with me and hold close?
Jesus of Nazareth, son of God: thank you that we have a book filled with your words and deed. Give us the wisdom and understanding that comes from your Holy Spirit, so that we can know you better and follow you all the days of our lives. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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