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Luke 6:1-5, You’re Not the Boss of Me

Key Verse

But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
— Luke 6:2, 5

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, August 24, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I’m a rule follower. Always have been. As a kid, I was terrified to get in trouble in school, so I did as I was told, and got irritated (and probably self-righteous) when I saw other kids breaking the rules. If Jesus had said to me on Sabbath day, “Hey, grab some grain and snack on it as we pass through this field,” I probably would have gone cold with anxiety.

The Pharisees were rule followers, too. That was their thing. And if they were going to follow all the rules, then everyone else had to follow them, too! This is partly why Jesus drove them so crazy.

Jesus didn’t just disregard the rules disrespectfully. He understood and loved God’s law. But Jesus’ very presence with us re-wrote the rules. It was as if he looked at the Pharisees and said, “You’re not the boss of me.” Jesus deferred to a higher authority than the Pharisees, and claimed his truth as God’s messiah.

When is it right to disobey a rule?


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