What Jesus Did! 'Saved from Destruction' — Luke 6:7-9

Monday, March 20, 2023

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The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man's hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, "Come and stand in front of everyone." So the man came forward. Then Jesus said to his critics, "I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?"

— Luke 6:7-9 NLT

Key Thought

According to the tradition of the religious folks in Jesus' day, if something wasn't life-threatening, then that need could wait until after the Sabbath. [1] Jesus saw the situation differently: Not doing what you can do to bless someone in need is doing harm or destroying a life. We are not sure if we will get tomorrow, so we'd better do that thing to bless others when we have the chance. It may not come again. Jesus' example reminds us that to do good for someone is always the right thing to do and even trumps legalistic religious rules and procedures every time! [2]

[1] However, Jesus knew that they violated their own traditions, even for their animals (Luke 13:14-16; Luke 14:1-6 NKJV).
[2] Mark 2:27-28.

Today's Prayer

Give me eyes to see the opportunities to bless others today and each day, O Lord, and the commitment to act on those opportunities. Help that spiritual vision and commitment to endure in me until you bring me home. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 4:13-17
  • Galatians 6:7-10
  • Luke 6:31


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Illustration of Luke 6:7-9 NLT — "Come and stand in front of everyone."   ——   "I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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