Sabbath Rules

Sabbath Rules

03 August 2009


16 So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. 17 But Jesus replied, “My Father never stops working, so why should I?” 18 So the Jewish leaders tried all the more to kill him. In addition to disobeying the Sabbath rules, he had spoken of God as his Father, thereby making himself equal with God. (John 5:16-18 NLT)

Jesus healed a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years! What an amazing thing this is! A man whose life had been nothing but pain, frustration, and dependence on others was healed and well and able to walk and work and really live for the first time.

“The Jewish leaders objected.” John 5:10 says the Jewish leaders objected because he was carrying his mat on the Sabbath day (work) and when they found out Jesus had healed him on the Sabbath day (work) they objected to that as well.

The Jewish leaders seemed to get bogged down in the technicalities of religion (Don’t work on the Sabbath) and miss the point (Do good to others whenever you can).

The Jewish leaders aren’t the only ones that get bogged down in the technicalities of religion. It happens to us as well. We can get so fixated on worship styles or church traditions or points of doctrine that we miss the experience of worship and the reality of the Body of Christ and the truth God wants us to live.

We can get so bogged down in the technicalities of religion that we forget that Jesus came to seek and save and help and heal.


Father, thanks for reminding me that the Sabbath rules exist to teach us to slow down and not be greedy and learn to depend on you and several other lessons about life, but that the rules are not an end to themselves. Thanks for the lesson in the difference between the technicalities of religion and the reality of doing good. Help me not to put religious practice above serving, helping, and healing. Amen.

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