Sustained by God’s Word and Following Jesus
Luke 5:33—6:11: Jesus responds with a parable to those who question him about fasting. He is then questioned by the religious leaders about Sabbath observances. Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath, and his action angers the religious leaders who are looking for reasons to accuse Jesus of doing wrong.
Jesus concluded, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
33Some people said to Jesus, “The disciples of John fast frequently and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but your disciples eat and drink.”
34Jesus answered, “Do you think you can make the guests at a wedding party go without food as long as the bridegroom is with them? Of course not!35But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
36Jesus also told them this parable: “You don't tear a piece off a new coat to patch up an old coat. If you do, you will have torn the new coat, and the piece of new cloth will not match the old.37Nor do you pour new wine into used wineskins, because the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will pour out, and the skins will be ruined.38Instead, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins!39And you don't want new wine after drinking old wine. ‘The old is better,’ you say.”
1 Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples began to pick the heads of wheat, rub them in their hands, and eat the grain.2Some Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what our Law says you cannot do on the Sabbath?”
3 Jesus answered them, “Haven't you read what David did when he and his men were hungry?4 He went into the house of God, took the bread offered to God, ate it, and gave it also to his men. Yet it is against our Law for anyone except the priests to eat that bread.”
5And Jesus concluded, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
6On another Sabbath Jesus went into a synagogue and taught. A man was there whose right hand was paralyzed.7Some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees wanted a reason to accuse Jesus of doing wrong, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.8But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to the man, “Stand up and come here to the front.” The man got up and stood there.9Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you: What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or to harm? To save someone's life or destroy it?”10He looked around at them all; then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand became well again.
11They were filled with rage and began to discuss among themselves what they could do to Jesus.
How does Jesus respond to those who challenge his healing someone on the Sabbath (6:9)?
How would you respond to Jesus’s question? What causes the kind of stubbornness exhibited by the religious leaders in today’s reading? Have you ever encountered similar resistance or stubbornness in your community of faith? If so, how are such situations resolved?
Lord Jesus, help me to remember and to observe the Sabbath in ways that honor you. May all I do and say be pleasing in your sight. Amen.
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Luke 6:12-26: Jesus chooses his twelve apostles and heals and teaches many people.