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