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Mark 2:18 - 3:6
Author: Kent Berghuis
Rules, Rules, Rules! Mark 2:18-3:6 "The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."--Mark 2:17 Main thought: Christ takes priority over religious rituals and regulations. I. Jesus' presence determines the appropriateness of fasting (2:18-22). --Fasting is a sign of mourning and discipline, and appropriate when Jesus' disciples are longing for his presence. --Feasting is a sign of joy, and appropriate when Jesus is present. --The parable of the wineskins shows that actions or rituals ought to be appropriate to the times. II. Jesus' lordship determines the application of the sabbath law (2:23-28). --Once again the Pharisees are after Jesus about food laws. --Their "law" was not really a biblical law, but their interpretation of it. --Jesus appealed to David to show that God has his priorities in order. III. Doing what is good and right takes priority over following regulations (3:1-6). --This was a "test case", and they were watching him. --Jesus took the initiative and asked them a question that set them off balance, and put the issue in its proper perspective. --Jesus grew angry and grieved over their petty hard-heartedness. --Jesus did no work, he only commanded the man to stretch out his hand. When he did, it was healed, evidence that God had healed it. --Instead of recognizing the presence of God, the leaders counseled about destroying Jesus.