Today’s Reading: Matthew 12:1-21
A policeman in the USA pulled over a car, walked up to the driver’s window, and asked the man if he knew why he was pulled over. “No,” the man replied. “You failed to stop at the stop sign,” the officer explained. “But I did slow down!” the guy argued. The policeman shook his head. “You are required to stop. That’s why they’re called stop signs.” The man started to get belligerent. “Stop, slow down — what’s the difference?” The officer pulled out his baton and said, “I can show you. I’m going to start hitting you with my stick. And you tell me if you want me to stop or slow down.”
I’ve heard it said that laws are made to be broken. Is that so? If this is so – is this what Jesus was doing in today’s text? Of course not, the law is good. And God’s law is good. It was given for the purpose of restraining evil and commending good behaviour. Rom. 7:7.
The law of God is good. Yet there is something bigger than the law; Love is greater than the law.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Doing good on the Sabbath was and is greater. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and Lord of all. He desires that we demonstrate love.
Max Lucado said, “Water must be wet. A fire must be hot. You can’t take the wet out of the water and still have water. You can’t take the heat out of the fire and still have a fire. In the same way, you can’t take the love out of [God]… and still, have him exist. For he was … and is… Love.”
Do you delight in God’s law?
Father, Thank You for Your law which helps us to live and honour You. Help us to delight in all Your ways. Thank You for Your love toward us. In Jesus’ name, Amen