The Value of Humanity

Luke 14:1–6 (NKJV)

Jesus uses a healing opportunity to teach a lesson on the value of humanity.

14 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
4 But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. 5 Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” 6 And they could not answer Him regarding these things.

Luke 14:1-6

Jesus had some influence among some of the Pharisees. Although their hospitality may have been somewhat self-serving or curious, Jesus nevertheless was in the presence of one of the rulers of the Pharisees and encountered a man with dropsy, or swelling (edema). Jesus asked the people at the event if it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath. They fearfully refused to answer. Jesus healed at his own impetus and then proceeded to explain how hypocritical the Pharisees were. They would not approve of the healing of a man suffering on the Sabbath, but would pull a donkey or ox if it hell in a pit on the Sabbath?! They could not offer any explanation.

Be sure that you do not allow your traditions to get in the way of true ministry. Too often, individuals like to stay in a routine or system that seems normal or comfortable. Routine can override the miraculous. Live in the moment of what God is doing now. Here the voice of God and follow His leading. Traditions change, but the power of God is always the right choice.

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