There are a lot of things I don’t get. Ice fishing. Skinny jeans. Oprah. But near the top are parades. I mean honestly, can anyone give me a good reason to invest valuable time standing on the side of the road watching people walk, roll, or stilt their way by? The Sabbath was a sort of Pharisee Parade every week. This was their day to shine, give alms, inspect the troops, rebuke the Messiah, and just be radiantly sabbatical. Jesus consistently trivializes them. However, what is so fascinating about his approach is that he minimizes them by drawing attention to them. He does things on the Sabbath that forces them to perform their duty as Pharisees and confront him. It’s like promoting gun control in public and watching the Republicans spring into obligatory objection. When Jesus discarded their rules he destabilized their hold on the people. I’ll never ice fish with Oprah in skinny jeans, but I do know if you give people biblical freedom it’s interesting to watch who gets nervous.