THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 14:1-6
“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” (Luke 14:3)
When I read a law in the bible, I want to explore WHY that law is there.
Some laws are harder than others, and some I cannot figure out.
But as I reflect on most of the laws, I can usually see good reasons for them.
God wants to help us, protect us, to enhance life and not burden it.
This is especially clear in the life and teachings of Jesus.
Jesus takes us beyond obeying laws, to obeying God’s heart in them.
The commands against murder incudes anger, hatred and name calling.
The commands for sabbath includes healing, helping and blessing others.
The commands for giving includes self-sacrifice, compassion and forgiveness.
We reduce obedience to not doing bad things, and just enough good things.
Jesus shows us how obeying the law is so much more.
It is ALWAYS lawful to do good, be generous, forgive, heal, help, bless, etc.
“Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:23)
Jesus points us beyond the laws to the reason for the laws: LOVE!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I realize that I am following the letter of the law more than the intent of the law. Ignite a love for God and people in me that better reflects Your self-denying, other-blessing love and life!