Yet again, the Pharisees were angry with
This is a story about profanity, which is to say that it’s about some folks profaning what is sacred to someone else. It’s all about being offended in the name of God, and how
- The boys offended the Pharisees because they broke – not God’s law – the Pharisees’ interpretation of God’s law.
- The Pharisees’ response ticks
Jesusoff. The text doesn’t say if He was angry, but He certainly does get confrontational in His response.
Jesus’ response offends the Pharisees. In fact, that seems to be part of His purpose here. Judging their response to His next miracle, He succeeded.
- His response describes how the priests profane the Sabbath that they serve, by obeying the very Law that the Pharisees are whining about.
- His bottom line is in the last verse: the focus here is not about keeping the rules, but about recognizing the True Authority when He walks among us.
But first and foremost, I see
More important to today’s conversation is how
I’ve been taught that there are two basic ways to handle the Word today: Deductively, where I hold certain beliefs, and I go to the Word to find either teaching or examples that support my beliefs, and Inductively, where I come to the Word and sit under it in order to let it speak to me.
A brief digression: I am not
- Defend your friends, even against religious leaders. (Note to self: “religious leaders” does not equal “spiritual leaders,” but that’s for another day.)
- Let God speak from His word, even if what He’s saying is completely different from what your religious leaders have taught you. Don’t be the Pharisee. Don’t follow the Pharisees.
- Don’t hide from contradictions and things hard to understand. God often has secrets hidden there. Asking the questions properly – and specifically not having all the answers – is often the right position.
Conclusion: we must obey God rather than men. We need to be in community in order to guard against heresy, but heresy is maybe not as much of a danger to the development of disciples who know the Holy Spirit as religious traditions may be.