Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? The Pharisees were more interested in their law than relieving the suffering of those around them.
I have found you can use scripture to justify anything, including bad behavior. But at the end of the day, our question should not be is it lawful but is it edifying? Does it relieve suffering? Does it help someone along the way? Is it kind? Is it loving?
Jesus said he came to fulfill the law. Yet many of his actions were in direct conflict with The Pharisees laws.
He talked with women.
Ate with sinners.
Touched the unclean.
Healed on the Sabbath.
Fellowshipped with Samaritans and Gentiles.
He broke religious and cultural laws to uphold the Father’s law, to represent the Father’s heart. As a result, he was shunned, plotted against, rejected, and eventually crucified because he chose love over laws.
Today friends, let us choose love. No matter how unpopular, no matter how many friends you may loose, no matter how many FB friends unfriend you. Let us be less concern about manmade laws and more concerned about loving like Jesus loved. Let us do what he did:
Eat with sinners.
Touch those society has deemed unclean
Fellowship with those of different religions and political views.
Let us be driven by love not laws.
“Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.”
Matthew 12:13-14 NIV