Luke 6:6–11 (ESV)
A Man with a Withered Hand
On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him.
8 But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there. 9 And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to
destroy it?” 10 And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
Jesus will not give up or let up in teaching the scribes and the Pharisees that He is Lord of the Sabbath. Word is getting around about Jesus unorthodox teachings about the Sabbath. They are now watching and
waiting to trap him and use this against him. Jesus doesn’t care. He has come to save the lost and heal the sick. Jesus is going to turn the table and put them on the spot. He says “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath
to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” 10 And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” The Pharisee’s are putting observance to the law over moral obligation. This
reminds me of people who are pro-abortion, yet want to save the pets from what they perceive as inhumane treatment. They put a higher value on animals than on humans. They missed the point. The Pharisee’s would rather see Jesus walk by and
ignore the man than to heal him. We must be careful that we don’t snub the lost over observing rules and laws. Jesus is teaching them an important lesson and they are so caught up on trapping him that they miss Jesus teaching. I pray:
O Heavenly Father, help me to love you and to not get caught up in legalism. The law is good and our friend, in that it shows me that I am a sinner and in need of a savior. Thank you for your Son who died and rose again for the forgiveness
of our sins. I repent and help me to be a servant to others in thought, word, and deed. Thank you for your gift of saving faith, help me to never abuse it, but to trust it and live it. Amen.