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ACCIDENTAL PHARISEES

Week 3:  Mark 2:23-3:6

 

Life Group Questions

  • Have there been periods or seasons in your faith that you have been more zealous for God? Did something lead you to that?
  • How do you find your rest (Sabbath)?
  • How does your view of the Sabbath change if you view it as a gift from God, rather than a burden?
  • Can you think of some “rules” that we have added to religion that God did not put there for us?
  • Are there extra fences you have added to the gospel?Are there any areas of your life where you will admit to loving rules more than people?
  • Are there any personal extra fences that I need to consider adding to my life?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, 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?” 25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” – Mark 2:23-28

 

Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. – Mark 3:1-6

 

HOW WELL-INTENDED ZEAL GOES BAD

  1. WE START ADDING EXTRA RULES TO GOD’S RULES.

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. – Proverbs 30:5-6

 

20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. – Colossians 2:20-23

  1. WE START USING THE BIBLE AS BINOCULARS INSTEAD OF A MIRROR.

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. – Matthew 7:2-5

  1. WE MAJOR ON THE MINORS.
  2. WE START TO LOVE RULES AND IDEAS MORE THAN PEOPLE.

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