Mark 2:27-28 And he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath."

Right or wrong, black or white? We want it simple, and all we get are more complications and confusion. What has happened to the law? What is the relationship between our freedom and the law? Are the 10 commandments obsolete? So many questions, and so much misinformation. While the world may be lost as to the answer to these questions, it is not as though God has left us in the dark - God has clearly revealed his will in his word and has answered everything that matters.

The problem is sin - sin separates us from God, and not only does it separate us from God but it leaves our reason and understanding in the dark. That is why, for many people, law is law, they have no understanding that there is the letter of the law, and there is the spirit of the law.

What do I mean? Well take the 3rd commandment, Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy - if it is a day of rest, if I am free - then I should be free to do what is restful for me - I should be able to worship God in the way, at the place, and at the time of my choosing - and if I choose to worship under the covers in bed, because it gives me a warm peaceful feeling, who can say I am wrong? Others may choose to worship out on the lake in a boat or on a golf course, and who am I to say that they are wrong?

That's how the problem is often presented, and even a child can see the one question that must be asked - who are you worshipping? Its certainly not the one true God, it certainly has nothing to do with giving him the thanks, praise, and adoration that he deserves for creating us, giving us our daily bread, even if that was all he did for us - but he did so much more, bringing us life and salvation through the sacrifice of His son for our sins, so that we might be redeemed, forgiven, and have peace and everlasting life.

The law does serve as a curb to curtail things like blatant outright idolatry, and a mirror which shows us our sins, but there is so much more, at least for those who by grace through faith have come to know of God's redeeming love in our Savior Jesus Christ. With the eyes of faith we can see, that its also part of God's gracious purpose - word of the freedom that we do have in Christ, that we are not slaves to our work, nor are we slaves to sin, but we are given that special gift, good news that we can rest, and the world will not come to an end.

How do we know this? Because God rested, and the world did not come to an end. Certainly we are not more indispensable than God Almighty? So what ever work we think must be done, can surely wait. Why? Well, one of the things we remember on the Sabbath, is that there was a slavery in Egypt, and God set his people free. This is not the god of small minds but the God who loves us and who cares for us, and who has given us law as a revelation of how he would have us live together in peace and harmony.