“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.
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The Sabbath | Joni Tyner
S~ The Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not the people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 (NLT)
O~ Today’s reading is about the Sabbath. In Mark 2 23-28, Jesus and his disciples are walking through a field and breaking off head of grain to eat when the Pharisees accuse them of “harvesting grain” on the Sabbath. Later, in Mark 3, Jesus going into the synagogue and heals a man’s hand. Jesus’s critics accuse him of working on the Sabbath. Verse 5 says that Jesus was deeply saddened by their hard hearts.
A~ I love how Jesus cares more about being compassionate to people than rules!!!! I chose Mark 2:27 because I love how it says that the Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people. God WANTS us to rest. His heart is to bless us, not tie us down to excessive rules and standards that distract us from seeking him.
I’ve studied the Sabbath before but my personality always tends to drift back to doing “catch up” things on Sundays. I really think God’s best for me is to pause and embrace the love He has for me. I’m going to do a 4 week study that starts next week with Proverbs 31 ministries called Breathe by Priscilla Shirer and I’m hoping it will recommit me to making rest a priority on the Sabbath. I’d love for any reader to join me on this little 4 week book study! Here is the link to get the book as well as emails from Proverbs 31 that will support your book study with Bible verses should you like to do the study. A few of us from Discover One Thing, (and some other awesome ladies!!) are also meeting in person on Wednesdays at Calvary Shadowlake Church—if you’d like to join us in person. I don’t think I’ll ever become a hard core rule follower, but I do believe in trying to be a better version of what I was yesterday, ( yes… I have regrets over eating too much Halloween candy!!!) and I KNOW that will naturally be a by-product of spending time with Jesus.
P~ Dear Lord, pursue my heart to crave quiet time with You! I want this each day and I want Sunday to be my best day of the week!! I pray this study gives me a renewed passion to observe the Sabbath.
p.s. Contact me if you’d like to join our study group at Calvary Shadowlake.
Looking to accuse | guest post
S~ Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched Him closely to see if He would heal on the Sabbath. Mark 3:2 (NIV)
O~ The Pharisees wanted so badly to catch Jesus doing something they thought was bad, so they watched Him closely. One would think that if You watched Jesus closely, your heart would change towards love. But in this case, when the heart was looking for a reason to accuse, they couldn’t see Jesus being Jesus!
A~ Honestly, this verse is landing right in my gut and it’s so needed. I watch a co-worker with a heart to accuse. All of my reasoning on why doesn’t matter when I check my motives. My motives are not based on love, they are like the Pharisees searching for a reason of accusation.
P~ Abba! I’m so sorry, please forgive my self righteous heart! Thank You for letting me see real heart on this matter. The Pharisees missed seeing Jesus when they were looking to accuse Him…..I don’t want to miss Jesus because I’m looking to accuse a co-worker. Tomorrow, please let me see Jesus and not accusations!
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