Jesus Trumps Religion (3 of 12) by Brian Fletcher
This content is part of a series.Jesus Trumps Religion (3 of 12)
this passage is linked to the end of chapter 5.
Intro: Consider this scenario, you and your family are walking down the sidewalk toward your car. You have just finished a great time being at church and enjoying worshiping God. Your wife is pushing the stroller and the other two kids are walking a few steps ahead. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, one of the kids trips and falls, badly skinning his knee, it's dirty and blood starts to run down his leg. The mom instinctively says, we've got to get that washed off and put a band-aid on it. But the dad says, ''No, washing and bandaging the wound would constitute work. Since this is not a life threatening situation, we will wait till tomorrow to clean it up. Today is the Sabbath and we are not to do any work on the Lord's Day.'' All the while the child is screaming bloody murder, insisting is actually is a life-threatening situation.
Is the dad being ridiculous? Not if he is living according to the laws written up by the Pharisees.
But is the dad being ridiculous? Of course, he's being ridiculous and so are the Pharisees in this passage in Luke. Jesus decides He is going to make sure everyone present understands just how ridiculous their laws are and how un-Biblical they are.
But why are the Pharisees so angry with Jesus? I mean they have gone from just grumbling about Jesus to themselves to ''being filled with fury and discussing with one another what they might do to Jesus.'' They are now beside themselves and are plotting to assassinate Jesus. What is wrong with them?
First of all, they are upset because Jesus is wreaking havoc on their legalistic religious system. They have their ways of doing things, they have interpreted the Old Testament in a particular way, they are the gatekeepers of the Jewish religion and Jesus is challenging them constantly.
Secondly, they have hardened their hearts. Wait a minute, t ...
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