Mark 2:1-28 (NKJV)
1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.
2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.
3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.
4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?
10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic,
11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
13 Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them.
14 As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.
15 Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”
19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.
20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.
21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse.
22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
23 Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain.
24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
25 But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him:
26 how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”
27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
Sitting at the sunrise window at quailcamp this morning, my reading was interrupted by the emerging sun. Normally it takes 2min 49 secs to completely emerge from the horizon but this morning it was only 2 min 42 secs. Crisp cool air (19°) causing a lack of moisture and heat mirage, I suppose to be the variable. When a known constant presents a significant deviation from the norm, it makes you contemplate what else you might misunderstand to be true no matter what? Back to reading, the verses were:
Don’t sew unshrunk cloth to an old garment.
Don’t pour new wine in an old wineskin.
The sabbath was made for man not man for the sabbath.
Seems Christianity is meant to be culturally relevant. It may be that seasons of development in the church are best built on new foundations and not old pillars. A cornerstone is a stable beginning of a completely new building. Feeling my age this morning…and liking it.
He forgave sins, ate with tax collectors and sinners, had disciples that didn’t fast, and plucked heads of grain on the Sabbath, all disruptions of comfortably established religious norms. These were surely not simply oversights either, but He must have been fully aware of the waves these things would make. What He came to establish was not something that could just fit into man’s assumptions and expectations. His was a way that would reveal uncomfortable truths and confront ill-placed expectations. As followers of Christ our path will also include an adherence to the leading of the Spirit over the expectations of religious and man-made rituals. This will result in a knowing of the truth that brings complete freedom and liberty in Christ.