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#81 Sabbath Healing

On another Sabbath, Jesus is teaching in the synagogue as usual, and he sees there a man with a withered hand. He knows the Pharisees are watching. He knows he will be regarded as a law-breaker, but he sees this as a chance to teach the real meaning of Sabbath and free it from its load of rules.

So he asks the man who needs healing to stand. Then he questions the teachers, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath? To save life or to kill?”

They are silent. What can they say? They are planning to kill him on the Sabbath!

Looking at them with anger, pained over the hardness of their hearts, he says to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”

The man lifts it up and his hand is healed. He can stretch it out!

Then Jesus turns back to the Pharisees. “If any of you has a sheep that falls into a pit on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you pull it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Jesus shows that Sabbath is a sign between God and his children; not a requirement, but a link connecting them to Him, indicating that He will restore them to wholeness.*

God’s laws are meant to benefit us and provide protection, not to be a test to see if we can keep them.

Matthew 12:10-12   *Ezekiel 20:12

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