Withered Hands and Hard Hearts

Withered Hands and Hard Hearts

Mark 2:23-3:6

Reference: Deuteronomy 23:24-25

Proposition: Beware of manufactured religious rules

1. God’s gracious gifts can be warped into man-made burdens (Mark 2:27).

“Jesus’ point in saying the Sabbath was “made for man” was that it is a gift from God to His people, a gift to keep them from wearing out their bodies, their animals, their servants, and their fields. However, the rabbinic tradition had turned the Sabbath from a great gift to a laborious burden. People had to take great care not to overstep the boundaries the rabbis had set.”

R. C. Sproul

2. The Lawgiver takes precedence over the law (Mark 2:28).

3. Religious observances are not substitutes for doing good for people (Mark 3:1-6).

“The test of all theology and morality is either passed or failed by one’s response to the weakest and most defenseless members of society.”

James R. Edwards

James 4:13-17


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