Rules or People?

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Matthew 12:8 8  The Human One is Lord of the Sabbath.”

With the freedom and approval of Yeshua, his disciples did the unthinkable — they gathered grain to feed their hunger on the sabbath. As maintainers of the thinkableand the sanctioned possible, Pharisees challenged Yeshua by citing Jewish law. Yeshua, much to their dismay, turned the provisions of the law inside-out and up-side down. Yeshua clearly read the law in a different voice. According to Yeshuas reading, the law was not designed primarily to restrict human creativity, but only to keep human creativity within the bounds of appropriateness. Of course, this angered the religious authorities, whose goal seems to be restricting the human spirit by rules and regulations, assuming that this would perfectthe human spirit. Instead of human perfection (that is, sin and evil being removed), Gods insistence through the prophets is for a messianic wholeness that enables individuals to grow through sin and evil toward maturity by harnessing faithful trust. This Way of Yeshua had the crowds wondering if he might be in alignment with the ideals of David.

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