Lost in Translation

Re:Verse passage – Matthew 12:9-13 (day six)

Of course it is not unlawful to heal on the Sabbath. Many Pharisees were so self-absorbed, and self-righteous they could not see the truth standing right in front of them. Too concerned with adding to their list of Sabbath successes, they had little time to observe the first and second greatest commandments (love God, and love your neighbor).

There is no law against loving your neighbor, doing good, healing a man’s hand, no matter the day.

The irony is, the aim of the Sabbath was always to be still and know [He] is God; to behold him, and love your neighbor. All the Pharisees were interested in doing was being still and beholding themselves.

It’s a matter of interpretation really. If your view of the Kingdom of God prohibits you from doing good for one reason or another, your interpretation is just as blind and self-absorbed as the Pharisees’.

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

One thought on “Lost in Translation”

  1. I like your line of reasoning, but I admit I wondered if it inadvertently gives people the license to help someone pack up to move on a Sabbath, and I’m sure that’s the kind of activity the law warned against. But since when did it ever address the issue of healing a man? I doubt the law ever did address that topic as it only takes God to do it– another sad oversight of the Pharisees.

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