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Jesus and the Sabbath
Of about 20 specific cases of healing recorded in the Gospels, a third took place on the Sabbath. By healing on the Sabbath, Jesus taught the people by example the will of God and how the Sabbath should be kept. And He affirmed saying, “it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:12).
Jesus’ would not pass by the opportunity of bringing healing to a sick person. To Him, not to save a life would be to take it; not to do that which would promote life would be to destroy it ( James 4:17). This was following the principle of the sixth commandment, as shown by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:21–24). Thus, the sixth commandment was in no way in conflict with the fourth (Sabbath Ex. 20:8-11).
- The demoniac in the synagogue at Capernaum (Mark 1:21–28),
- The paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–16),
- The blind man at the Pool of Siloam (John 9:1–7),
- The woman in-firmed for 18 years (Luke 13:10–17),
- The man with the dropsy (Luke 14:1–6).
- Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29–31).
- The man with a withered hand (Mark 3:1-6).
The Sabbath was made for man
The seven reported miracles of healing done on the Sabbath day were against the traditions of the religious leaders (John 5:16) but were in perfect harmony with God’s law. Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).
The Sabbath was designed and ordained by a loving Creator for the good of humanity. God did not create man because He had a Sabbath and needed man to keep it. Rather, a loving Creator knew that man, needed time for spiritual growth and physical rest. The seventh-day Sabbath was designed by God to meet this need.
The Lord ordained that the Sabbath should be a blessing, not a burden, and it is to man’s best interest and not to his harm to keep it. Humans should refrain from work that they may dedicate their time, their energies, and their thoughts to having a relationship with their heavenly Father.
The religious leaders made the Sabbath a burden
The religious leaders at Jesus’ time made the Sabbath a burden by their rigid and meaningless rules. For this reason, they objected to Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath. Sadly, some of the Rabbis would do for a dumb animal that which they would not do for a child of God (Matt. 12:11, 12). And they will allow a man to suffer, but would save an animal from suffering—lest, financial loss result to the owner. How could they place a lower value on human life than on the life of dumb animals?
In His service,