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Mark 2:13-28 – Feast or Fast? – Meditative Musing for Nov 22

Levi gave a feast for Jesus after Jesus called him to quit collecting taxes and follow Him. After this, some asked, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees fast, but not your disciples?”

This is an interesting reading for Thanksgiving Day! The Bible says more about feasting than fasting. While there is a time for fasting, as we see in Jesus’ reply, we should not fast so much we forget to rejoice with thanksgiving – which calls more for a celebratory feast than a fast.

The Pilgrims, in their early months in America, often fasted with prayer to ask God’s blessings. When their crops were in after that first winter, one suggested having a fast in thanksgiving. Wiser heads prevailed, and they feasted instead. Aren’t you glad! Can you imagine an annual national day of fasting as thanksgiving would ever catch on?

At this stage of Jesus’ ministry, the Pharisees grumbled about everything He did – from eating with sinners to letting His disciples pluck grain while passing through a field on the Sabbath.

Jesus has pointed lessons for those who find fault and evil motives in every little thing. Eating with sinners? He came to save them, not condemn them! Plucking grain on the Sabbath? Man wasn’t made for Sabbath, but  Sabbath for man.

Jesus stood conventional religious thinking on its head.

How would He react to our “conventional wisdom” about good religious observance? Do you really think our actions and attitudes would pleased Him?

Please share your thoughts.


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