Purpose of Religious Law

Matthew 12:1-3  
1 At that time Jesus went through the wheat fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry so they were picking heads of wheat and eating them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are breaking the Sabbath law.” But he said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and those with him were hungry?
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

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 ‘thinkable’ and 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 Yeshua’s 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 ‘perfect’ the human spirit. Instead of human perfection (that is, sin and evil being removed), God’s 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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