Eat that cake!


Mark 2:23-28 (CEB)

Scripture and the Sabbath

Jesus went through the wheat fields on the Sabbath. As the disciples made their way, they were picking the heads of wheat. The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! Why are they breaking the Sabbath law?”

He said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was in need, when he and those with him were hungry? During the time when Abiathar was high priest, David went into God’s house and ate the bread of the presence, which only the priests were allowed to eat. He also gave bread to those who were with him.” Then he said, “The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath. This is why the Human One is Lord even over the Sabbath.”

The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath.

Whilst, on the surface, this is about fasting – actually it is about something bigger.  This is a relief, because I have tried fasting, and I haven’t found it to be an enriching spiritual experience.  It just makes me grumpy and not nice to live with (so what’s different, mutters the missus!)

 This is about breaking the Sabbath law…  but it’s also bigger than that.

Jesus is telling these particular Pharisees, “guys, you’ve got the whole thing posterior over mammary glands…”  You have made religion the Master that people must serve – you have made religion into a kind of tyrant- it doesn’t liberate people to live Christ-like lives, it traps them in a web of rules and regulations that they can never escape.

The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath.

The Sabbath was about rest and space from work to enjoy creation and carve out space for contemplation and rest in God’s presence.  (or summat like that)  Yet – you’ve made it a burden, something to stress about.  Can I do this or that?  Am I allowed to…. Is someone watching?  Will I get into trouble if I…

You could replace the word “sabbath” with the word “church” and pretty much the same would be true.  Religion is only a tool – a framework for what’s actually important.  Yet too often we make it the Master, the tyrant over other peoples’ lives.

The Church was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Church.

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