Background: Luke the doctor was a missionary companion of the apostle Paul. He wrote the book of Acts also. He focuses this account of the life of Jesus on His humanity and how Jesus understands our weaknesses and cares about every need that we have.
The religious leaders of the Jews had laws for everything. Unfortunately they had forgotten the God for whom they observed these laws. Jesus challenged these laws where they no longer honored God’s best for mankind. Many of these laws were about how you could do no work on the sabbath. That even excluded doing good things to bless others. Jesus showed the leaders how foolish this was.
Ask the children…
What was the problem?
“There was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen.[a] 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, ‘Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?'” (Luke 14:2, 3)
When the leaders refused to answer because they realized how foolish they would look, what did Jesus do and what did He say?
“Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away. 5 Then he turned to them and said, ‘Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son[b] or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?'” (Luke 14:5)
These men were being hypocritical by appearing not to work on a sabbath when in fact they would get their cow out of a pit if it came to that but they wouldn’t allow a man to be healed. This was not God’s way. The sabbath was intended to be a time of focusing on God and rejuvenating the spirit, not a time to be weighed down by more legal restrictions.
Ask your children if they look forward to Sunday worship and study as a time of refreshment? Why or why not? Although Sunday is not the Jewish sabbath, which was on Saturday, as Jesus’ resurrection day most people recognize Sunday as a day to rest. Ask your children how Sunday can become more of a day of God honoring rest and rejuvenation?
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