A helping hand…

Greetings once again

Matthew chapter 12 vs 9 to 14 gives us this lovely little event in the life of Jesus:

“Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him. Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.

Matthew 12:9-14 is in many respects very similar to John 9. Jesus healed a man with a chronic problem. It was not an emergency situation. He could have allowed the person to go on and heal him after the Sabbath was over, but He deliberately chose to heal him on the Sabbath day. Why?

The answer is to show us that God’s mind, His nature, His law, is always to be merciful under every circumstance. In following His example, we have to make sure that what we are doing, our intent, really is showing mercy to the person. At work the opportunities to demonstrate this are numerous.

Necessity in this case did not demand that He heal the man on the Sabbath, but it provided an excellent example that mercy is always right when the opportunity presents itself.

Even though Jesus had the power from God to do this, He did not frequently go out of His way to heal people on the Sabbath. On the other hand, if people came to Him on the Sabbath, He healed them.

So at work I do look out for anybody who may come to me asking for help and when they do, I do all I can to provide help or guidance as to where they can find help. In other words, I give them time. It is something we seem to have less and less of in the work place but it is an invaluable commodity and each of us needs to use it wisely when folk come to us, no matter on which of the 7 days on our week that they may come to us.

As an aside, it is interesting to me that the Pharisees were so far from God that they were blinded to the wickedness of their plans. They were looking for an opportunity to get evidence against Jesus to kill Him. Their wicked motivation for their actions is probably the most gross Sabbath violation in all the Bible: They used the Sabbath to plot the murder of an innocent Man.

Just a few thoughts and I trust you are having a positive week.

Mark

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