What Jesus Did! 'Get Real!' — Luke 13:14-17

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. The leader said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don't come for healing on the Sabbath day." The Lord (Jesus) answered, "You people are hypocrites! All of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day! This woman that I healed is our Jewish sister. But Satan (the devil) has held her for 18 years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be made free from her sickness on a Sabbath day!" When Jesus said this, all the men that were criticizing him felt ashamed of themselves. And all the people were happy for the wonderful things Jesus was doing.
— Luke 13:14-17 NLT
Illustration of Luke 13:14-17 NLT — "There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don't come for healing on the Sabbath day."

Key Thought

Worship of God will always mean concern for his people. In fact, worship that is not tied to living correctly with people is not worship and does not please God. While we don't like to use the word "shame" in today's politically correct world, we need to realize that some things are shameful. One of those things is to pretend to be a God-worshipping person and then to treat his children as if they didn't matter to us or to their Father in heaven.

Today's Prayer

Father, help me know that a crucial part of worshipping you is treating people with the love, respect, kindness, and dignity that you would treat them. Father, I want to know this in my heart and in my daily lifestyle, not just in my head. Use me to bless others and bring you praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isaiah 1:14-17
  • James 1:27
  • Luke 10:30-37

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About This Devotional

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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