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Just to share some thoughts from my reading of Mark 3:1-5 today. Many times I’ve have had to look at my preferences and compare them to what the Bible actually says, when in conflict preferences had to go by the way.  If you look for something to criticize in either a person or church you will find it. Most of us have our preferences and look to tradition in deciding what is right . The answer to the question is simple. What does the Bible actually say concerning the subject.  Many things today in Christian circles do not follow tradition, but are they against what the Bible teaches and are the really an indication of one’s spiritual condition.   In the past just about everyone went to church with suit and tie, “their Sunday best” . They also went to ball games in suit and ties and ladies would dress up to go to town shopping and elsewhere. There is no question that all dress should be modest, that’s Bible.  . Some make much emphasis on the casual dress for their church. How sloppy can we get. In some others you would not be welcome without a suit and tie. And yes I have been in churches where sarcastic comments were made to one wearing a suit and tie. The Bible does not address correct dress for church attendance as either casual of formal.  Another area of discussion in churches is the music. For some to be godly the music must be sung holding a hymn book that’s the only music that is right for church. Others throw out the hymns because they think they have music that is relevant and that’s the way it should be according to them. The Bible does speak of music used in worshipping and praising God in Psalms 149 and 150.

  Psalm 149 ”Praiseye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD. “

Psalm 150 “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Some of the things listed here may bring discomfort to some of us traditionalist. But we must be willing to allow the Bible to be our guide and final authority, taking what it actually says as our foundation for standards even if it makes us uncomfortable at times.

In the book of Mark 3:1-5 Jesus was actually going to break with tradition, He was going to heal a man on the Sabbath. Today we could not imagine a doctor, policeman or fireman not helping someone in need because it’s considered the Lords’ day.  Could Jesus not have waited in this case until the next day? The answer is obviously yes, but He didn’t. He showed anger at the hardness of their hearts, by putting tradition and their additions to the Law (Word of God), over the needs of people. Like these in the synagogue that day there are those who are quick to criticize today over not following traditions of the past.

Mark 3:1-5 1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. 5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardnessb of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other[1]

The one thing we must hold to is the message of the Bible. Jesus is God in the flesh  and all are guilty before God of sin and Jesus is the only way of forgiveness and eternal life.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;  but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

For God so loved the world,  that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John #:16

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ” Romans 6:23

“”For whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” Romans 10:13



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