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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

     Today's Reading:
  • Matthew 12:1-21
  • Psalm 15:1-5
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Matthew 12:1-21
In this short passage Jesus basically tells us not to be ridiculous about the laws of the Sabbath.  Yes, we are to rest, but if someone needs help you help them.  If you're hungry you eat.  And someone has to run the temples where everyone is coming to worship, right?  Observe the day yet have common sense and do what's right in the end. 

In this case, Jesus completely healed a man's deformed hand on the Sabbath.  Jesus did this in front of the Pharisees, and the response from them was to plot to kill him.  I just don't understand how people can look at a person who is truly performing miracles and then immediately plot to kill that person. 

In the end Jesus moved on before the plots could be completed.  Before he left his followers he healed all the sick who were among them (12:15).  Not just one, not a few, not just the ones who caught his attention -- Jesus healed each and every one of them.  Here he is, on the move because people are trying to kill him, yet he ensures each and every sick person who follows him has been healed.  What does this say for those of us who follow Jesus Christ?  It tells me to put my full trust in the Lord, because those who follow Christ will be completely taken care of -- each and every single person.

Psalm 15:1-5
In Psalm 15 David talks about the character of those who may enter the Lord's presence.  There is a list of things to abide by; things from living a good life (don't we all generally think we are good people?) to not gossiping, to lending money without charging interest.  This Psalm reminds me that I still have a lot of work to do, that even though I do think I'm a good person, I still fall well short of God's standards for me.

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