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Day 31

Mark Chapter 3

Daily thought to go along with each day’s reading.

Wednesday, July 18th

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Mark Chapter 3

Daily Thought

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.

When Mark 3 begins, we see the religious leaders accusing Jesus of breaking religious law and healing on the Sabbath.  I love how outraged Jesus is at their behavior.  He poses a question asking if following religious law causes a man’s death, is it still right.  As I read this scripture, I wondered if we sometimes follow religious law in a way that can “kill” others.  It doesn’t mean compromising the truth, but it does mean showing God’s love to people we might never give the time of day.  This scripture always reminds me that the love of Jesus knows no boundaries.  He wasn’t concerned that it was the Sabbath when a man’s wholeness was on the line.  I wonder if we live our lives that way.  Do we live every day loving others in a way that knows no boundaries?  Someone’s eternity may depend upon us loving them in this way.  How we love others, even when it means breaking what might look like black and white religious law, is what Jesus commands us to do.  Let us break the boundaries of the love we have known to love people the way Jesus did.

Maybe, instead of holding our Bible with both hands, we could hold it with one hand and reach out the other to take hold of everyone we can, inviting them to hear the gospel. Jesus healed on the Sabbath because he radically loved others. Let us love others in the same way.

Draw near to God during the week with our “thought for the day”based on each day’s readings.

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