Monday, April 27, 2015

You Remind Them of David - Mark 2:23-28 Post 3

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It's the Sabbath.  You are walking through the grain fields and Your disciples are following You through those same fields.  Surrounded by grain, the disciples start picking the heads of grain to eat them.  Like snatching blackberries on a hike in the Smokies.  

But the Pharisees have to complain. (Mark 2:23-24)
Why, I wonder?  Such a beautiful thing is happening right in front of them - why are they missing it?  Why can't they see it - the bread of life walking through fields of grain?  Why do they see only what they think is "unlawful" on the Sabbath?

You remind them of David (Mark 2:25-26).  You didn't have to tell the whole story   (1 Sam. 21:1-6) - they knew it.  David and his companions pursued by the one who had to do things his own way and who wouldn't give up his power, although he knew David was king.  David and his companions - weary, hungry, pursued, in need - sought shelter in the holy place, where the priest offered them the consecrated bread.  And David, the true and future king, took and ate the bread that was technically not lawful for him to eat...and gave it to his companions.  

You know we are hungry.  You know we are weary of our own sin.  You know we are pursued by all that would destroy us, by all that sets itself against You...
You know how we long for refuge.  

You know we are already destroyed if You don't do something to save us.
You know that You are the fulfillment of all these things -
that what we need is You.

Did the Pharisees understand what You are saying?  About Yourself?  About them?  That You are comparing them to...Saul?

They must have.  In (Mark 3:6) they are plotting to kill You.

The Lord is walking before them - right here, near them - through fields of grain 
and they could follow and eat what He offers them but look instead for a reason to complain,
to rely on their own flesh and strength
"Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his own strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord" (Jer. 17:5)...


and turn away from Him
from
the One who can enter the Holy Place because He is our High Priest
Our King who leads us and fights for us and gives us bread to eat
Who will BE the bread he offers us (Mark 14:22), broken for us to eat
Who makes us all His royal priests (1 Peter 2:5; 1 Peter 2:9)

Our food, our bread, our sustenance
Our king, our priest, our Sabbath rest
Our refuge, our shelter, our hiding place
Our life, our only hope...our grace. 

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him" (Jer. 17:7).   

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