Lenten Devo Day 20

Monday, March 21, 2022

Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath

Freddie Combs

Luke 6:6-11

On a Sabbath day, Jesus enters a synagogue to teach. People have gathered to listen and learn including a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees have come too, but only to find fault and to pick a quarrel with Jesus. Jesus knew that the man’s reason for coming was not to be healed but to learn. He also knew what the Pharisees were thinking, and he is not afraid and does not shy away from them.

But first, to engage them, he asks the man with the withered hand to stand before them. Using an ancient teaching method, he first asks a thoughtful question. Jesus says to those gathered, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” Then he asks the man to hold out his hand. When he does so, the man’s hand was completely healed.

Jesus was not ignorant as to what the Pharisees’ answers would be. He does not want them to answer with ancient interpretations of the Sabbath law. He wanted them to see the person who was hurting and needing help standing before them. He wanted to show them that being legalistic rather than loving and doing good for others was choosing between good and evil.

The Pharisees could quote the law but felt none of the love God intends us to share. They would not do good and save a life on the Sabbath, but instead, have evil intentions and go on to plot to destroy Jesus.

Prayer: God, give us wisdom to look at people, not through the legalistic eyes of the law, but through the loving eyes of Christ. Amen.

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