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72: Righteous Principle Trumps Unrighteous Regulations

May 14, 2009

Major Text: Luke 13:10-21

Outline:

  1. His Righteous Work                                Luke 10:10-13
  2. His Righteous Anger                              Luke 10:14-16
  3. His Righteous Kingdom                          Luke 10:17-21

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus is once again teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath.  He calls out to a crippled woman, places His hand on her, and heals her.  Interestingly, the majority of Jesus’ recorded healings take place on the Sabbath.  This could be a natural occurrence in that more people are gathered together in one place than at any time during the week, especially those with infirmities.  This raises the ire of the Pharisees, pointing out their hypocrisy for all to see.

Jesus is chastised by the ruler of the synagogue after healing the woman. He wanted Jesus to wait until the weekdays to heal the woman.  Jesus chastises the ruler, calling him a hypocrite.  It is OK to feed the animals but it is not OK to heal a person who has suffered for eighteen years.  In other words, a crippled woman has less value than an animal.  This silly rule in itself is breaking the Commandment to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself.

The leaders recognized they had made a mistake and the people were happy with what Jesus was doing.  For once they saw God’s love and compassion.  Jesus continues to explain about His kingdom.  It is like a mustard seed that grows into a tree for birds to nest in and it is like yeast that permeates throughout the whole dough.  In other words, His Kingdom is one that benefits others.  It meets the needs of the people.  This is one of the few instances where Jesus refers to yeast as good and not sin.

Lessons/Applications:

  1. Seek them out and minister to their needs on behalf of Jesus.
  2. Rules turn away those in need.
  3. Love and compassion must reach all, changing life from being “flat” to “light and fluffy”, true joy.
  4. “Follow me” and not your man made rules.
  5. The Word of God trumps all forms of power and prestige

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