Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11th

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Kings 7-8, Psalm 116, Acts 27
Today's scripture focus is Luke 6:6-11

Luke 6:6-11

New International Version (NIV)
On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”
10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Accompanying Mark Driscoll sermon: Jesus the Sabbath Lord
Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: Divine Truth Confronts Human Tradition

Sandy is taking a break from the blog for a bit, please continue with me upholding her in prayer as she's really struggling right now.  Thank you.

Really quick blog post for today......

Legalism, man made rules, extra-Biblical rules - it's so destructive, unloving, judgmental, graceless and so far from the heart of our Father God.

MacArthur summed it up well....
Jesus the representative of the truth of God, Pharisees and scribes representative of false religion. The contrast is startling. It's the contrast between divine truth and human tradition. It's the contrast between profound knowledge and madness. It's the contrast between goodness and wickedness, between compassion and indifference, between open honesty and hidden deception, between divine power and impotence, between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. So at this point early in the gospel of Luke, the storm clouds begin to gather on the horizon that eventually are going to rain down on Jesus on the cross of Calvary. They will not submit to the Lord of the Sabbath. The will rather execute Him, they will hold tightly to damning error and reject saving truth.
Really sad for those Pharisees and scribes, isn't it? But I have just a bit of good news for you. Listen to this, Acts...by the way, there's only about six thousand Pharisees, they were the architects of that religious system, only about six thousand of them, listen to Acts 15:5,..."certain ones of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up." Ah, grace even penetrated the Pharisees. That's good, isn't it? In fact, one of those Pharisees became the great apostle Paul. This is grace, this is grace, to those who once were part of plotting to kill Christ and in the case of Paul, to kill Christians, came the grace of salvation and forgiveness. I don't know what your attitude has been toward Jesus Christ, but God will forgive you if you will come to Him in faith and receive Him as Lord and Savior. 

Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 6:12-13
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Kings 9-10, Psalm 117, Acts 28

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