On Eating a Bacon Cheeseburger

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Judges 11-12; Luke 6:1-26


On another Sabbath, Jesus entered a synagogue to teach. A man was there whose right hand was withered. The legal experts and the Pharisees were watching him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. They were looking for a reason to bring charges against him. Jesus knew their thoughts, so he said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” He got up and stood there. Jesus said to the legal experts and Pharisees, “Here’s a question for you: Is it legal on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” 10 Looking around at them all, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he did and his hand was made healthy. 11 They were furious and began talking with each other about what to do to Jesus. (Matthew 6:6-11, Common English Bible)

You can tell by looking at me, I haven’t missed very many meals in my life, Sabbath or not. I get where the disciples were coming from when they were picking the heads of grain and eating them. What I have more trouble understanding is, how picking enough heads of grain to eat while walking through a field could possibly be considered work. I remember mowing the yard on Sunday (Not by choice. Mowing the yard was never by choice). That seemed likely to be more work than picking a few heads of grain for lunch.

Probably what bothers me more in the passage more is, the Pharisees getting all hot and bothered because Jesus actually helped somebody, a man with a withered hand, on the Sabbath. What was wrong with those folks? Wouldn’t they want someone in need to have help, even if that meant breaking a religious law? Wouldn’t it be what God wanted, for the person in need to receive the help they need?

The laws of the Bible are important. We should look to follow the law. And, we might want to watch the things we say about “The Bible says…” because there might be places where we too are breaking the Biblical law.

A seminary classmate and I were having lunch one day and discussing some issue of Biblical law we thought was important that particular day. I don’t remember the issue for that particular day (these discussions happened regularly around some issue or another) but I do remember that I had the conservative side of the argument and absolutely remember saying, “Well the Bible says…” My lunch partner quietly replied, “You mean like the Bible says about that bacon cheeseburger you are eating?”

There were at least two Hebrew dietary laws I was breaking. Who knows, maybe there were more right then and I feel absolutely certain that throughout my life there have been many more.

So, was Jesus breaking the law by healing on the Sabbath and forgiving sins? It may be, though I seriously doubt it. What I do know is, Jesus was pointing here as Jesus points to numerous times, the law of love is superior to any of the other laws we might follow.

It also says to me, whether we are involved in healing someone of a physical, mental, spiritual, emotional or other kind of hurting or feeding the hungry on the Sabbath or many other things, Jesus reminds us here and elsewhere, the most important thing is still to love God and love each other. We cannot use one in order to ignore the other. We are called to love, even on Sunday.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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