Rules are Rules (4 of 6) by Jeff Strite

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Rules are Rules (4 of 6)
Series: Meeting With Jesus
Jeff Strite
Mark 2:13-3:6

(Before reading the text I noted that the stories in this section of Mark detailed the conflict between Jesus and a religious group known as the Pharisees… and I emphasized the word ''Pharisees'' as I read through the text)

OPEN: Back in the 1980's, the Minnesota Twins had this description of the game of baseball in their program:

''You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man that's on the side that's in goes out
and when he's OUT he comes in
and the next man goes in until he's out.
When 3 men are out, the side that's out comes in
and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in… out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When both sides have been in and out 9 times including the not outs,
that's the end of the game.''

Baseball can be a confusing game. There are so many rules to understand that it can be hard on new players. One man shared how this especially can affect kids that play in Little Leagues

''There are always new players who do not know or understand the rules and the game becomes confusing and frustrating for them.
If you don't hit the ball you are out.
Unless you get 4 bad pitches before you get 3 good ones.
And you need to run really fast if you hit the ball.
Unless you hit it on the wrong side of the white line.
Or unless they catch it.
But they have to catch it before it hits the ground.
You can run past first base and home plate, but not 2nd or 3rd base.
And if you've got the ball, you need to step on the base to get someone out.
Unless you have to tag them.

He observed: ''If children only see baseball as a bunch of rules that everyone knows but them it is easy for them to get discouraged and just quit. When they get confused and do the wrong thing, everyone seems to get mad and and upset. It is easier to just not play.
But with patience and teaching, children learn to love the ...

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