Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mark 2:27 -- On Commandments for Us

"And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath."
Mark 2:27

Sometimes I think, we get things twisted around.  We think on some level that God is trying to be a dictator and that he asks us to do pointless things just to illustrate his power over us.  We don't always see the point of going to church, of paying tithing, of reading our scriptures, and the myriad other things that God asks of us.  I think that this verse points out clearly that the sabbath is there for our benefit, to help us.  It isn't there to harm us or force us to jump through hoops.  And I think that all of God's other commandments are like this as well.  They are there to help us, not to harm or manipulate us.  God is to us a parent, not a dictator, and he loves us and wants the best for us... but to get the best, we have to work and study and learn.  The commandments are designed to help us do that.  Today, instead of dismissing any of God's commandments as pointless, let's think about them and how they can help us draw closer to him and learn to be much more amazing than we are.

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