Friday is for Heart Songs
Reading with the Pastor
Matthew 12 and Psalm 18:1-30
The disciples and Jesus both fall under the criticism of the Pharisees. The Pharisees think they can battle Jesus with interpretations of Jewish law. Bad idea. Jesus turns the tables by quoting the example of David against their legalistic forbidding and then puts a dart in their hearts with a quote from Hosea 6:6, “If you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent” (Mt. 12:7).
Then he announces the coup de tat “For the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath” (vs. 8).
Yes, He is Lord of all. He created the Sabbath. He sets its rules and regulations and so He heals a man with a withered hand to demonstrate that He is free to do good and show compassion on any day He chooses and to whoever is in need (Vss. 8-13).
Jesus is Lord.
- He is Lord of the Sabbath.
- He is Lord of time.
- He is Lord of space.
- He is Lord over your enemies and your situation.
- He is Lord over you.
Bask in the protection of that. Wonder at the confidence that can give you for your situation. Let your heart be quieted by the sovereign Lord of your life who said to the disciples hours before He laid down His life for them (and us), “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”
He said that after He said He was going to die for them (cf. John 13)!
How could He say that?
He is sovereign.
Never forget that He is able.