Thursday Morning: 25 Apr 2019 – Mark 2:18-28 ~ Lord over faith and practice

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Guidance – Thursday)

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Mark 2:18-28 (NLT)

A Discussion about Fasting

Once when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and asked, “Why don’t your disciples fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees do?”

Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

“Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”

A Discussion about the Sabbath

One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, why are they breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God (during the days when Abiathar was high priest) and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. He also gave some to his companions.”

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus is Lord over faith and practice.

In today’s reading, two points of contention arise between Jesus and the religious leaders – the practice of fasting. and legalism surrounding the keeping of Sabbath. And Jesus declares that he is Lord over both of them.

+ Fasting: Jesus uses parables to illustrate that 1. the timing was wrong (bridegroom), and 2. a new age had begun (new patches and new wine.) It wasn’t that Jesus was opposed to fasting per se; rather that traditional practices needed to be reexamined in light of the dawning of a new Messianic age.

+ Sabbath: Jesus reverses the legalistic view of Sabbath keeping, declaring that it’s purpose is to meet our human needs for rest and refreshment, not to meet the myriad of rules and regulations that had arisen around the Sabbath.

“So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” – Mark 2:28

Questions for consideration:

  • Can you think of instances when fasting would be appropriate? Please explain.
  • Have you ever fasted for spiritual purposes? How did it work out? Please explain.
  • What are some of your traditions for Sabbath keeping? Please explain.
  • Can you think of instances where responding to human needs would prompt you to set aside some of your traditions for Sabbath Keeping? Please explain.
  • Can you think of other areas of your traditional religious practices that need to be reexamined in light of the Lordship of Christ? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Prayer for churches to rise up:

Lord Jesus: Awaken your church to the critical needs of believers around the world who are suffering calamity and great persecution. Grant that we would be faithful in prayer, and generous in our giving for physical support. Rally your church around those who are suffering for your name’s sake. And empower us by your Spirit to engage our political leaders, especially here in America, in order to remind them that Christian persecution is a real issue that must be addressed in our time. I ask this in your name, and for the Father’s glory. Amen.

My Prayer:

Lord Jesus: Remind me once again that you are Lord over all aspects of faith and practice. Keep me faithful to your Word in spirit as well as truth, putting the needs of others before my own. And give me the wisdom to understand that obedience to your commands leads to a full, satisfying life now and forever. I ask this in your name. Amen.
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“Build My Life” – Housefires

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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