That means all of us

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.”

Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Then 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.”

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Mark 2:27-18

Same two verses. Different versions. Same God Soft Hands Jesus. DiffErEnT cApiTalizAtiOnS.

What is the definitive rule here?

god or God. He or he. jesus or Jesus. The son of man or the Son of Man. At His Feet and ToeNails – or standing straight in a full embrace looking directly into each other’s eyes – seeing each others souls – connecting and connected.

Capitalization is a worry when writing about God. Look around and see how many jesus’s or god’s or lord’s of he’s or him’s you spot. I always proof read my words to spot the Him’s and He’s and God’s and Jesus’s – to make sure I fit in – do not offend anyone – show due respect.

There has been yet more debate and violence about cartoons and the prophet Mohammed. There seems to be an underlying “Really?” in the West. A sort of “life is too short to take this stuff so seriously.” Why would a cartoon generate such anger and hatred – is that God – or is that them – man taking over for God again! Not like us – we are far more loving.

My god soft hands jesus is a him and and he does not care about such stuff. he is bigger than all that. My god is our father – and he loves us! Our father is love! Better than theirs.

(so just why does that paragraph make my fingers itch – wanting to correct the “broken rule” of lower case in every instance – and just what does that say about us – and them – and all of us being more the same than different)

“The Sabbath was made for man … ”

I guess that means all of us.


16 thoughts on “That means all of us

  1. Jewish people won’t spell out God’s name so the westerners spell it G-d. When I stopped doing that I was practically accused of blasphemy. So it is a great pleasure to me to spell out his beautiful name. 🙂

    • Having enjoyed your words day after day – I don’t think there is any “think” about it. The “Person of God” wins hands down – hands up – and every other way we want to move our hands. Thanks Don.

  2. Yes we would do well to take a look at our own religious beliefs and let our aim be towards being Christ like. Helping each other in love and looking towards our savior. I believe this is what Jesus was speaking about. Jesus no doubt felt like men spent to much time worrying about things that are not important. Sabbath Jewish or Christian. What’s really important? This is a interesting post Paul. Thank you for sharing it with me and allowing me to comment.

    Much love Tom

  3. “(so just why does that paragraph make my fingers itch – wanting to correct the “broken rule” of lower case in every instance – and just what does that say about us – and them – and all of us being more the same than different)” Wow. This has got me thinking again. I, too, am a stickler about putting His name in caps… something just doesn’t seem right about not doing it. Does it really matter? Probably not. Will I keep doing it? Probably so 🙂 but I will definitely be thinking on this one…

  4. I’m sure you are right on the caps but I can’t help but do it. Motive and heart attitude is what matters to Him, but I must distinguish between the true God and all of the man-made gods. I’m too old to change on this one in practice but I’m sure it matters little to Him. 🙂

  5. woW, you’rE reallY tryinG to geT uS ouT oF our religiouS boxeS, aren’T yoU!
    Now, not only do my fingers itch, but my spell-check went into a coma! lol! Good stuff, Paul. God truly is even bigger than our caps.

    • The odd thing for me Mel? He is bigger. Yet I proof read for the caps. Not because he and me worry a lot – mainly because I worry about others and what they might think. And that made me pause – and still pauses me. Boxes within boxes! Spiritual origami!!
      Standing beside the cartoon indignation … Not sure yet what to make of caps.
      Thank you.

      • Yeah, I use caps for clarification. But if someone else doesn’t use caps with god, neither he or I have a problem with that. What’s important is what’s in our heart, not in the current trendy grammatical conventions.

  6. Very interesting insight, Paul. As usual. 🙂

    I agree with Levi on this in that it’s a motive and heart issue, because that is what God sees and knows. He knows when we are honoring Him with our caps and not with our hearts.

    I think it’s easy to get bogged down in the “rules” and become tsk-ing Pharisees. Truth is, it’s about the individual and his relationship with the Father. Motive. Intent.

    I think for a lot of people, the capitalization serves as a means of differentiation: “I love my father” versus “I love my Father” or “I love God” versus “TV is my god”. Then others use the caps as a means of honoring God and respecting His authority.

    Side story: One time, I was in a bus with some classmates and we were traveling to compete in a theatre tournament. This boy who had stolen my heart (unbeknownst to him, of course), was gazing at the passing fields whilst I was gazing at him. He sighed and said, “Man, that heather sure is pretty.” My teenage brain (and hormones) kicked in and assumed immediately that he thought I was pretty. Me. Capital “H” Heather. So I squeezed in next to him and uttered, “Thanks. I think you’re pretty dreamy, too.” He glanced over at me, bewildered and crimson, “Excuse me?” Batting my eyelashes, I said, “You just said you thought I was pretty.” He grinned. My heart fluttered. Our love would surely be one for the ages. “No”, he said. “I said that field of heather was pretty. Heather the weed. Not you.”

    In that instance, knowing it was the lowercase “h” might have saved me months of embarrassment and hours of crying into my tissues and pillow. Just sayin’. 🙂

    Either way, as Levi said, it’s about honoring God with our hearts.

    Thanks again, Paul, for invoking thoughts and causing us to step out of our comfortable little boxes to understand who we are in Christ.

    • “Heather the weed” – wow! I remember hormonal howlers! One excruciating memory just flashed in uninvited!
      And with caps – as with so much – they will mean different things to each of us. What struck me was The Boys happily writing about he did this then he did that and then he asked about bread (again!!). Not a cap in sight or hand. And if The Boys saw no need – why do we?
      And as you say so,wonderfully – as with ALL of this stuff – it is always about our hearts and not our caps.
      It’s just that I keep finding boxes I thought were not there.
      Thank you for your comments and email. You are one Cool Dude!!

      (and brill to see you weaving words again!!)

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