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God Will Never Disown me.
The Logician — Part 4.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
John 8: 7 (KJV).
The logical thinking of Jesus is seen all over the Bible, and yet we want to be like Jesus but refuse to train our rational minds. The Pharisees accused them of breaking the law, of being wrongdoers. Jesus, in response, points out that there are conditions in which the ritual rules in question do not apply. Sorry. You are confused. What am I talking about? No worries. My fault. I will make this right. I will make you understand the story. It is one you already knew.
Consider Matthew 12:1-8. This contains teaching about the ritual law: specifically, about the temple and the sabbath regulations. Jesus and his disciples were walking through fields of grain--perhaps wheat or barley--on the sabbath, and they were stripping the grains from the stalks with their hands and eating them. The Pharisees accused them of breaking the law, of being wrongdoers. Jesus, in response, points out that there are conditions in which the ritual laws in question do not apply.
He brings up cases of this that the Pharisees already concede. One is the case (I Samuel 21:1-6) where David, running for his life, came to the place of worship and sacrifice supervised by Ahimelech, the priest. He asked Ahimelech, the priest, for food for himself and his companions, but the only food available was bread consecrated in the ritual of the offerings. As Jesus pointed out (Matthew 12:4), this bread was forbidden to David by law and was to be eaten (after the ritual) by priests alone. But Ahimelech gave it to David and his men to satisfy their hunger. Hunger as a human need, therefore, may justify doing what ritual law forbids.
Now the case of sabbath keeping or, more precisely, of the ritual laws developed by men for sabbath observance is a subject that comes up over and over in the Gospels. This heated topic is constantly approached by Jesus in terms of the logical inconsistency of those who claim to practice it in the manner officially prescribed at the time. Legalism will always lead to inconsistency in life.
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