Brokenness Healed On The Wrong Day Of The Week

Fourth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 6:6-11

Main Point:  We should never take a vacation from reflecting the Father’s compassionate response to people’s need.

  • 1.  Days of rest were not designed for judgmental plotting [6-9]
    • Jesus customarily met with other devout Israelites in the synagogue on the Sabbath
      • The Sabbath lasts from Friday evening to Saturday evening
    • Tradition states the man with the paralyzed hand was a stonemason
      • Paralyzed:  Withered, shriveled
    • The Pharisees and Scribes were looking to bring formal charges against Jesus for violating laws on the Sabbath
      • Observance of the Sabbath was taken very seriously, as it was a foundational cultural practice for the Israelites
    • Jesus’ commands to the man make public the secretive spying of the Pharisees and Scribes and tests the man’s willingness to obey Jesus
    • “Sabbath provides for us now an additional rhythm for an entire reorientation of our lives around the living God.  On Sabbaths we imitate God by stopping our work and resting.” – Peter Scazzero
      • Exodus 20:8-11
      • Romans 14:5-6
  • Jesus remembers to be compassionate even when angry [10-11]
    • If the Pharisees and Scribes were truly taking the Sabbath seriously, they would be reflecting the Father’s heart, and answer Jesus.
      • They had made themselves lords of the Sabbath
      • The Talmud made exceptions for medical work on the Sabbath to save life, to help birth a baby, and to do circumcision
    • Jesus leaves no room for neutral inaction
      • “It is almost as if refusal to do good is evil itself” – Bock
        • James 4:17
    • What is Jesus feeling and experiencing as he’s gazing around at the crowd?
      • Mark 3:5
    • In order for the man to extend his broken hand, healing already had to be taking place
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • When are times that you have set aside in the rhythm of your life to rest and spend time with God?
    • How do you tend to react when someone interrupts your personal time with an urgent need?
    • When are times that your personal core values and religious sensibilities are at odds with Jesus?
    • How does a person go about changing what they value to align with God’s perspective?