What Jesus Did! 'Genuine Worship' — Luke 14:1-6

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

On a Sabbath day, Jesus went to the home of a leading Pharisee to eat with him. The people there were all watching Jesus very closely. A man with a bad disease was put before Jesus. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "Is it right or wrong to heal on the Sabbath day?" But they would not answer his question. So Jesus took the man and healed him. Then Jesus sent the man away. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "If your son or work animal falls into a well on the Sabbath day, you know you would pull him out quickly." The Pharisees and teachers of the law could say nothing against what Jesus said.
— Luke 14:1-6
Illustration of Luke 14:1-6 — "Is it right or wrong to heal on the Sabbath day?"   ——   "If your son or work animal falls into a well on the Sabbath day, you know you would pull him out quickly."

Key Thought

We often get our priorities so bent out of shape when it comes to worship. We can argue over the style of songs that are used, the dress that is appropriate, and even the color of the carpet. Yet God seems to be much more interested in the integrity of the heart that worships than he is in the polished facades we seek to support. God longs to bless people—to forgive them and make them whole. We must never forget this passion of the Father that is so often demonstrated by his Son Jesus. Let's remember that worship is in large measure blessing others as well as honoring God.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, please be with me as I prepare my heart to worship you with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Open my eyes to see how I can bless and strengthen them as I also praise and worship you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

On a Sabbath day, Jesus went to the home of a leading Pharisee to eat with him. The people there were all watching Jesus very closely. A man with a bad disease was put before Jesus. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "Is it right or wrong to heal on the Sabbath day?" But they would not answer his question. So Jesus took the man and healed him. Then Jesus sent the man away. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "If your son or work animal falls into a well on the Sabbath day, you know you would pull him out quickly." The Pharisees and teachers of the law could say nothing against what Jesus said.

Luke 14:1-6

Related Scripture Readings

We should hold strongly to the hope that we have. And we should never fail to tell people about our hope. We can trust God to do what he promised. We should think about each other and see how we can help each other to show love and do good things. We should not quit meeting together. That's what some people are doing. But we should {meet together and} encourage each other. You should do this more and more as you see the Day coming. If we decide to continue sinning after we have learned the truth, then there is no other sacrifice that will take away sins.

Hebrews 10:23-26

To answer this question, Jesus said, "A man was going down the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Some robbers surrounded him. They tore off his clothes and beat him. Then the robbers left the man lying there on the ground. He was almost dead. It happened that a Jewish priest was going down that road. When the priest saw the man, he did not stop to help him; he walked away. Next, a Levite came near. The Levite saw the hurt man, but he went around him. He would not stop to help him either; he just walked away. Then a Samaritan man traveled down that road. He came to the place where the hurt man was lying. The Samaritan saw the man. He felt very sorry for the hurt man. The Samaritan went to him and poured olive oil and wine on his wounds. Then he covered the man's wounds with cloth. The Samaritan had a donkey. He put the hurt man on his donkey, and he took him to an inn. At the inn, the Samaritan cared for him. The next day, the Samaritan brought out two silver coins and gave them to the man that worked at the inn. The Samaritan said, 'Take care of this hurt man. If you spend more money on him, I will pay it back to you when I come again.'" Then Jesus said, "Which one of these three men (the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan) do you think showed love to the man that was hurt by the robbers?" The teacher of the law answered, "The one that helped him." Jesus said to him, "Then you go and do the same {for other people}!"

Luke 10:30-37

Jesus was doing these things (healing) on the Sabbath day. So the Jews began to do bad things to Jesus. But Jesus said to the Jews, "My Father never stops working. And so I work too."

John 5:16-17

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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