In our Bible passage today, we see the difference between legalism and love. Legalism is blindly following the law as your priority. But, love puts the priority of people and the mercy of God over blind allegiance to rules and procedures. Sabbath-keeping is one of the “big ten” commandments in Jewish law, and indeed Jesus did break the law by working on the Sabbath. But, his “work” was to allow the hungry to eat and to heal a man’s withered hand. So, as you read all about it in the scripture verses below, remember to keep mercy, grace, love, and kindness at the forefront of all you do and think. If you make loving God and others the priority, all other laws fall into place!
(Luke 6:1-11) One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. 2 Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
3 Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” 5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.
9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” 10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.