Jan. 17 It’s OK

Genesis 35:1-36:43;  Matthew 12:1-21;  Psalm 15:1-5;  Proverbs 3:21-26

I admire Jesus’ stand against the religious leaders of his day who hovered around him and pointed accusing fingers at him at nearly every turn.

“Jesus–your disciples are picking grain on the Sabbath–it’s against the Law!”

“It’s OK”  And Jesus reminded them that even the great King David took temple

loaves and gave it to his troops for food.

“Jesus–you’re not going to heal that man on the Sabbath, are you?”

“It’s OK.”    Jesus asked them whether they’d rescue a sheep who had fallen into a

hole on the Sabbath–why not heal a man who is worth much more than a sheep?

Jesus desires mercy not sacrifice.  What does that mean?  It means that he desires our heartfelt, faithful commitment to him rather than rote spiritual routine.

He wants us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and “to love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30.)

Lord, open my eyes to opportunities to be merciful and to love as you would love.  Forgive me for the many times that I have failed to show mercy in my dealings with others–especially those closest to me.  Thank you for being merciful to me.   Amen.

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