devotional post #1,999
Luk 14:1 Something else happened one Sabbath when Jesus went to eat bread at the house of a ruler from the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully.
Luk 14:2 Notice this man right in front of him suffering from dropsy.
Luk 14:3 So Jesus asked the experts in religious law and the Pharisees, “Is it allowed to heal on the Sabbath or not?”
Luk 14:4 But they remained quiet. So Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away.
Luk 14:5 Then he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”
Luk 14:6 But they could not respond to that.
freedom for all
The Sabbath was intended to be a celebration of freedom — the freedom of an entire nation of slaves now set free, and able to set aside an entire day for rest and devotion to their Saviour God. But the Pharisees had turned that celebration into a new slavery. They had become so enslaved to their traditions that they would tolerate this man suffereing in front of them and go about their business. Jesus revealed their hearts. They just did not feel affinity for the sufferer. Jesus’ question — asking them about their own sons and oxen — got to that point.
The gospel offers freedom for all, or not freedom at all.
LORD, we celebrate our freedom every day, and seek opportunities to bring others into that freedom.