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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday: Even in the Cornfields

Luke 6:1-2:

And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

Multitudes followed Jesus from town to town listening to every word He spoke, watching Him heal the sick and even being healed themselves. Some of them brought friends and loved ones to Him, laying them at His feet or lowering them from the roof top for Christ to heal them.
The Son of man healed them all.  Not only did He heal the ones brought to Him on stretchers or those standing on the street corners, He sometimes journeyed to where the sick folk were.
Jesus always drew a crowd no matter where He went and He spent valuable time with them teaching them about the kingdom of God.  He loved them and showed them through the acts of kindness He did.
Yet, there were always those people who no matter what Jesus did, they were never pleased.  They were like puppies nipping at your heels, a constant irritant following Him, pointing out things that displeased them and ways Jesus needed to change.
Even in the cornfields.  Sometimes I think Jesus walked through the cornfields just to get away from the people constantly around, continually talking and pushing at each other.  I'm sure it wasn't peace and harmony when you have that many people in one place.
If you've ever walked in a cornfield, you'll understand that only a few probably actually followed Him in, besides His disciples who probably welcomed the times they could have Jesus to themselves.
But, look at who He found in the cornfields...Luke 6:2 the Pharisees!!!
The Pharisees were so intent on finding Jesus' hidden sin that they just knew He had to have, that they followed Him into a place where the stalks were harsh against your skin, scraping, scratching and irritating.
Notice what they said to Jesus though, "Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?"
Now get the picture, here is Jesus and His disciples sneaking a little R&R before going back out to the crowd.  But there is always someone there to nip at your ankles waiting for the right time to attack.
Wait a minute!  This was the Sabbath day when Jesus did this horrible sin?  Well then why were these Pharisees in the cornfields?  Were they also doing unlawfully in not being in their synagogues?  I mean it is the Sabbath day.
People are so quick to judge you, but not themselves.  Maybe we need to take the beams out of our eyes so we can help take the splinters out of others.
Like 6:41, 42

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