“They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him” (Mark 3:2).
While Jesus affirms the Sabbath as something for doing good (2:27-28), pharisaical types, instead, evolve to a place of thinking that God’s favor is to be found in their nitpicking advocacy for religious minutiae. Instead of battling the obvious sharks that devour peoples lives, they send in schools of minnows to gnaw away and antagonize them all the more. Jesus’ issue with the religious leaders isn’t the rules, but Who rules. When rules become more important than relationships, processes more than people, or ritual more than renewal, you have missed the Who.