Mark 2:18-28

In the final two sections of Mark chapter 2, Jesus deals head on with the religious expectations of the Pharisees, revealing their intense care for rituals and traditions of men over and above the state of the heart. Jesus deals with both their outward pride over their fasting as well as their refusal to understand that the Sabbath was God’s gift of rest to man. Instead they had made the Sabbath burdensome with their long list of rules and regulations.