May 07

Jesus and Spike Lee?

Pool of waterJesus and Spike Lee?

May 7, 2012 Bible Reading

1 Samuel 1:1-2:21
John 5:1-23
Psalms 105:37-45
Proverbs 14:28-29

We finished the Book of Ruth yesterday and it is an amazing story of Godly women doing Godly things and being blessed because of their hearts and actions. It pains me to feel like I’m glossing over the Book of Ruth, but there is so much going on in reading right now. Maybe Ruth will be a good topic for our Bible Study… Revolution365.

Also, we begin the Book of Samuel today and I don’t want to miss the significance of that. Brian Hardin from the Daily Audio Bible does a fantastic job of introducing the Book of 1 Samuel. You should check out the podcast over at DailyAudioBible.com and click the button on the right that says “Listen”.

When I asked Jesus what to write about today I kept coming back to this handicapped man at the pool in Bethesda. At first I thought to write about how sometimes we accept what has happened to us and begin to depend on others. Then God speaks to our souls and rights the course. I thought about it and I thought about it… Nope… not it.

What really got my attention are these religious leaders. Seriously, they had made it against the law to carry a mat? This guy was healed from the inability to walk by the Power of God and they are concerned about his mat? How big-a-mat was it??? It got me thinking about how truly messed up the religious leaders of the time had gotten God’s message.

I do not want to take away from God’s command for taking a Sabbath Day of rest. Everyone needs to have time to rest. The fact that in the United States we observe (or mark) the Sabbath as Sunday instead of Saturday (Saturday is derived from the word Sabbath) is weird. It’s a measure of us kind of missing the point too. But seriously… carrying a mat?

It kinda makes me mad! Then I realized how much of this goes on now and how relevant this situation makes the Bible to today. The situation gives the opportunity for Jesus to establish His authority over the Sabbath (or the law). It is Jesus who said,

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27 NIV)

Christ freed us from the law. Not because the law was not worthy, it is. He freed us from the law because the Spirit is greater than the law. He gave us the Holy Spirit to walk by. Make no mistake, I am not saying you can go and break laws! I’m saying that if you walk by the Spirit of God you will do the will of God. For walking by the Spirit we accomplish all that is in the law, but without needing to remember to do it. It is doing what is right, when it’s right to do it. Jesus didn’t heal this man because He wanted to stir up trouble. He healed this man because He had the power to do so, the man was faithful in Jesus’ ability to do so as the Son of God, and it was the RIGHT thing to do.

So, long before Spike Lee said it… Jesus said it. Do the right thang!

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