Mark 2: 23-24 “One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

In one chapter we have the Pharisees just not leaving Jesus alone and they will as we know continue to do so. Questioning him over healing, over eating with sinners, over fasting and now they are objecting over his disciples eating some heads of grain in the fields on the Sabbath. The Pharisees are protecting their culture, they are crying out for purity, they campaign against sin. Why? Because it was sin that cast God’s people out of the garden, it was sin that caused them to die in the wilderness and sin was breaking the rules, law codes, sacrificial offerings that are mentioned in the memorised Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament).

Without Jesus, rules become very important and worth the effort to protect them. But when you follow Jesus then your attraction for Him may mean you cause offence to those who do not see Him like you do. Following Jesus means you will have to let go of pleasing man and the rules that protect your status with God.

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