Matthew 12:1-14

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Today, we read about the disciples picking grain to eat as they walk through a field on the Sabbath and we also read about Jesus healing on the Sabbath. The Pharisees said this went against God’s Law. As Jesus points out in this passage, He came to free His followers from Old Testament rules.

This passage reminds me of a sermon my pastor Steve Ramsdell gave once. He said that we have three tools that help us make decisions; lessons from the Bible, the Holy Spirit speaking to us deep in our hearts, and experiences of both ourselves and others. If you would like to check out past sermons, they are now available in video at this link:  Sermon Podcast .

The teachings of Jesus set us free to see things as they are and do things as they ought to be done. Jesus made Biblical principles practical and told us simply to follow, believe, and obey. In prayer today, I’m giving thanks for this freedom and opportunity we are given to use the lessons from the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and experiences of ourselves and others to make common sense decisions.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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