Scripture: Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
As we continue through these Books of the New Testament, we learn about the disciples picking wheat on the Sabbath and the Pharisees’ disapproval, Jesus healing a man’s hand on the Sabbath, large crowds following Jesus, Jesus choosing his twelve disciples, religious leaders accusing Jesus of getting his power from the devil, and Jesus’ teachings about loving others, judging others, building solid foundations, etc. Follow along as we continue reading in the New Testament, Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Pharisees were more concerned about their religious rituals than the purpose of the temple, which was to bring people to God. God is more important than the created means of worship, and we must be more focused on Him. Jesus made it clear to the Pharisees that the best time to reach out to others is when they need help. The Pharisees were also more worried about their rules above human need. We must be sure to check our attitudes toward others, treating others the way God would treat them and the way that we would like to be treated. God’s work always happens according to His perfect timing, not our own. We must continue to be patient while we wait upon Him. Jesus was angry that the Pharisees had uncaring attitudes towards others. Anger is not wrong; however, sometimes our anger is expressed in harmful ways. We must use our anger to find constructive solutions rather than lash out or tear down other people. Jesus chose his disciples based on their faith and willingness to obey him. If we want to be disciples of Jesus, we must follow him with a willing heart, always obeying his ways for our lives. God does allow the devil to work in this world; however, our God is much stronger and is still in control. One day, Satan will be bound forever. The Bible points out that any time Jesus had an important event in his life, he would go off by himself and pray to his Father God. We, too, must make sure all of our important decisions in life are grounded in prayer. Prayer is very important and powerful, and God is listening. We are to have a forgiving spirit, just like God forgives us when we ask Him to. We are to love and forgive others, not judge them. Only God can judge.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.