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The Law of Love or the Love of the Law

Post by Pastor Dave       Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

The Gospel of Mark is a battle narrative between the forces of God and the forces that oppose God.  A skirmish in that battle is the ongoing conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees.  The Pharisees are the keepers of the law of Moses.  And in Mark Jesus seems to challenge that law.  In chapter 1 Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath day.  In chapter 2 His disciples are plucking grain on the Sabbath.  And here in chapter 7 the disciples are eating without washing their hands.  All are clear violations of the law of Moses.

Isn’t the law of Moses important?

Why have rules if we don’t have to follow them?

Has Jesus come to abolish the law or change it or something else?

In chapter 7 Jesus says that it’s not what comes IN through our mouths but what goes OUT through our mouths that is important.  It’s what we say.  It’s how we live.  It’s how we treat people and live out our faith.  I think He is also saying that there is even a law more important than the law of Moses and that is the law of love.  And sometimes the law of Moses and the law of love collide.

The question is  –  what do we do when they do collide?