Been thinking a lot about this verse 22 from Mark 1 recently and its links to ethics and truth. Jesus always saw the ethic behind the text or letter of the law which is why he got into trouble so much with those legalists. As we look and search for truth in contemporary society what is the deep ethic (thanks for the phrase Nikki) behind the text that gives shape and inform us so that a) we can set appropriate boundaries and b) speak with authority and authenticity.
Jesus crossed boundaries with an authenticity I would say that stemmed from him knowing the Spirit of the law and interpreting this into action that gave him authority. What was about him that enabled people to see this authority and respond in such a way, just give up stuff and follow him? Was he so immersed in the deep ethic of love that people saw this in his being?
21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.