Take a hike

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The good LORD and His disciples walk through a field and pluck a few grains of  wheat. Mt 12:1-8 They graze a bit to quiet their hunger. No big deal, but whoa, its the Sabbath. The powers are in an uproar . How dare they, don’t they know that’s a violation? They have just gone  against the law, a capital offence. The authority was mad, but was that authority God? I don’t think so.

Jesus said:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

This little incident says much of Christ’s message, and it is a minor infraction despite the uproar. It was the small little rules such as these that began to wear people down. Each and every hour of every day was spent wondering if some law was either followed or broken. Its a crushing burden in the name of God, but that has nothing to do with God. Their purpose was to give power to some, while at the same time tearing others down. They were burdens, that in truth could keep people from the same God the laws  intended to follow.

While Jesus fully followed the laws of God, he did freely disregard much of the trivia paraded before him. In doing so he freed people that they might walk unhindered , returning back towards God. It not only  lightened their load, it unshackled them. Oddly those laws intended to keep a population rooted in tradition, to keep them  firmly planted in what the authority deemed a homeland. A homeland, a final destination. To Jesus though Jerusalem was not the end of the road, but simply a stop on a much longer journey. Notice how much pilgrim is used in Christianity. Look at a bishops staff and spot the walking stick. To complete a long journey, by necessity the burden must be light. Jesus lightened the load. What people did carry was food to give them strength, and that which was necessary to keep them from harm. The Lords Prayer needed no weighty book, compact to be carried in mind and heart.Suitable for a journey.

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