Title: Mixed Reactions to a Healing
Key Verse 16
In this passage, Jesus heals a woman who has been crippled 18 years. You would think that everyone would be so happy for her! Wow, what a wonderful thing - she is free of the spirit that had bound her like this (v. 11)!!
Yet what did the religious leader say? He told Jesus that he should heal on another day besides the Sabbath. Is 'love' work that should be abstained from on the Sabbath? Jesus asked the synagogue ruler, "Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?" Well, if you show kindness to even your donkey on the Sabbath, why, oh why, would you not show kindness to this woman, a human, and a daughter of Abraham?
Jealous hearts cannot rejoice for others.
Those who uplift sacrifices over obedience do not have God's heart. (I Samuel 15:22)
We are not to follow God's instructions as though we were cooking. "Ok, let's see, I showed a little generosity today, then I didn't kill that guy I hate at work, and I did not steal the candy bar from my brother...." No, we are to seek the heart of the God who established these commandments. Do you know the great commandment?
It is the same as the Noh flower.
Do not seek to imitate the outer appearance, but seek to know the heart of that ideal and thus be transformed.
Let's not get stuck on rules or lists, but let's come to God with humble hearts that are willing to get to know Him more deeply! He offers us freedom, as he offered to this woman.
One Word: Rejoice in God's Heart