Friday, January 15, 2016

Daily Bible Reading | Do Good; Show Mercy (Matthew 12)

And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. - Matthew 12:11-14, KJV
Is it not remarkable how little compassion the Pharisees showed their fellow man? 

Why in the world would they be angry with Jesus for healing someone? Shouldn't they have been happy that people were being delivered from the bondage of disease and misery--especially that sinners were repenting and trusting in God? 

But they were not happy. They were angry. They had no compassion. They had only self-righteousness that was threatened by One more righteous than they. It has always been so.

Cain was threatened by Abel because Abel was more righteous than he was, so Cain rose up against his own brother and slaughtered him. (See Genesis Chapter 4)

Joseph's brothers felt threatened by Joseph because their father loved him better and because God seemed to favor Joseph with dreams that one day his family would bow before him. So they rose up against Joseph, intending to kill him, but instead sold their own brother into slavery. (See Genesis Chapter 37)

Is it that remarkable that the Pharisees would rather see men and women remain in bondage than be set free on a Sabbath because of their man-made rules of what was and was not lawful to do on the Sabbath in order to be considered "righteous"? 

Unfortunately, it is not that remarkable when we understand human nature. 

How blessed we are to have a God who values us! How blessed we are to have a God who heals us! How blessed we are to have a God who cares! 

He demonstrates to us by His example, that it is better to show mercy and to do good than to keep the commandments of men. 
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? - Micah 6:8, KJV

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