Numbers 16-17, Mark 2
What a contrast between the OT and the NT! In the OT (a couple readings ago), you have a man taken to be stoned for collecting wood on the Sabbath, then we have the whole “Sabbath is for man, not man for the Sabbath”Sabath”Sabbath
The same thing struck me in the readings as well. After thinking about it, the only difference in the two stories is Jesus. What a wonderful parallel for us to see Jesus standing in the gap for us, who could never overcome the burden of the law alone!!
Jesus sees that my biggest need is forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God, even when I think I have bigger or more urgent needs…just like in the story of the paralytic.
Short Stories by Jesus – it explains the context so we can also understand the parables in the way that 1st century folks would.
There’s a book just about all the parables. I don’t recall the name but Amazon has it.
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