Summary: We are to observe the Sabbath by trusting and obeying the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus Christ!
Please open your Bibles to the Gospel of Luke Chapter 13….
We noted last week from the first 9 verses of Luke 13, Justification of being a good person by comparing oneself to others is foolishness to God and if one does not repent from this attitude, God will make death painful and humiliating!
We can all fall into this trap can’t we? We all have a tendency to justify ourselves by comparing ourselves to others. We can even get angry when someone else is better than us. We will see this in our passage today. We are to note that only God knows everything. We must be careful of being judgmental and having an angry attitude which only leads to God’s rebuke.
Before reading our text, let us together pray our commitment to God’s Word…
As we read our passage, let us remember that when Jesus was walking the earth, the only Word of God the people knew was the Old Testament. And in the Old Testament God said in the 4th Commandment, “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
Did Jesus do a no-no on a Sabbath Day?
Read along with me now Luke 13:10-17…..
According to the 4th Commandment from God, the Sabbath day is to be holy and no work shall be done. What did Jesus do on a Sabbath day?
v10: On a Sabbath Day Jesus was teaching!
Let us quickly note that Jesus was not rebuked about teaching; apparently teaching on a Sabbath Day is acceptable work and Jesus’ teaching was holy! And of course, the synagogue leader cannot rebuke Jesus about teaching because that is what was done by the synagogue leaders.
What else did Jesus do on a Sabbath Day?
v12-13: Jesus healed a person.
Now, I think it is worth noting, and it can be easily missed, that the woman was not healed without her own effort. Let us note that the woman responded to Jesus by coming to Him. Jesus told her to come forward and she did, even in her crippled state! Here’s a Biblical principle: No matter how difficult it may seem, complete healing happens after trusting and obeying Jesus Christ.
Now in v14-17, we read the other lesson from this passage.
The synagogue leader actually did not rebuke Jesus directly. We read in v14 that the synagogue leader rebuked the people for working on a Sabbath Day; and so again this affirms that the woman did something before being completely healed.
Jesus responded and, let us remember, Jesus can read people’s minds; and so, the rebuke to work on a Sabbath Day was towards Jesus Christ!