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REST WITHOUT PRESSURE

Devotional for Friday March 25, 2022


Morning Matthew 12:1-8

Noon Psalm 15

Evening Luke 13:10-17


One of the purposes for which Jesus came to the earth

was to give true fulfillment to the Law of God,

as opposed to what the teachers of his time were doing and teaching.

The Pharisees lost sight of the original purpose for which God established the Sabbath and to make sure that no one violated the limits established by the commandment they imposed other limits that God had not, thus turning this day into an oppressive time.

the day into an oppressive time. The period of greatest influence of the legalistic men over the people is probably the time when Christ developed his ministry. It is really impressive that more than half of the texts in the gospels where the Sabbath is mentioned, is to tell of criticisms and accusations of Jesus because of the intransigent and exaggerated way in which those people forced the people to observe the Sabbath.

Our Lord came to reestablish the true purpose of the Sabbath, to bring rest to our souls through this commandment promulgated for man's sake. God, seeking our good, separated the seventh day so that we may worship Him in the full freedom of the Spirit and not under the oppression of legalism.

Written by Eliudel Gonzalez

Translated by C.D.R. Sunza

 

Morning Matthew 12:1-8

1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.



Noon Psalm 15

1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.



Evening Luke 13:10-17

10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

 

Prayer Guide: [Cuba-Florida] and [Venezuela-Coro]


March's challenge: Do everything possible so that your life can be a visible testimony to all men as Christians living in the likeness of Christ. Everyday, praise your Creator. Keep a constant praise on your lips. Listen to Christian praise and worship music with your family. Go to Church, not only to be a spectator, but a worshiper. Worship as you pray, worship as you read the Bible, worship in your illness, always worship.


Annual Bible reading: 2 Samuel 7, 8, 9

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