Luke 6:1-26; Genesis 3-5; Psalm 2
We all have our rules and idiosyncrasies. I expect things to be done in a certain way and when I visit others who do things differently, I cringe inwardly. I know I can’t say anything about it because the relationship is more important. The Pharisees were very strict about the Sabbath. When you read the Old Testament writings from the exile, it’s very clear why. Jesus shattered their beliefs. “Jesus said to the legal experts and Pharisees, ‘Here’s a question for you: Is it legal on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?’” (Luke 6:9) What I miss in my understanding is that theer may be more than one way to do things. What the Pharisees didn’t understand was that God’s desire was to give people rest from their constant striving and that doing good on the Sabbath would be acceptable to Him. God’s desire is to restore us. Most of all, He wants to restore our relationship with Him and it’s always right to do good – especially since doing good in the name of God restores relationships with Him.
Lord, remind me that my way is not the one right way. Remind me that relationships with Your people are more important than doing things my way. Then Lord – help me to do good and let others see how much You love them.