Five Minutes with God

Five Minutes with God is a distinct and exciting approach to daily Bible devotionals. Instead of a lofty goal of going through the entire Bible—or even the New Testament—in one year, Five Minutes with God focuses on shorter passages so that the reader can absorb more of the text and apply it to everyday life. This daily podcast will step you through the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Each day’s podcast also ends with a thought for further reflection and a call to prayer. By reading, reflecting, and praying, Five Minutes with God will help you come to know Him, love Him, and follow Him like never before.
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Jul 27, 2015

HOST: Ron House

SPONSOR: Start2Finish

One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” And they could not reply to these things.

In this text, Jesus turns the tables on the Jewish leaders. As we have seen before and even recently, the Jewish leaders often condemned Jesus for His miraculous works performed on the Sabbath, taking one of God’s laws and twisting it to be used for their own purposes. Typically, you see Jesus healing someone and then being accused of wrongdoing by the rulers. On this occasion, Jesus asks for their judgment on the matter before performing the miracle. If they condemn the healing, they must then justify their own Sabbath activities. If they permit the healing, then they are condoning Jesus’ actions. They respond to Jesus in the only way that their hard hearts will allow them to—with silence. After performing the healing, Jesus reminds them that any one of them would quickly and without hesitation rescue an animal that was in a perilous situation, even on the Sabbath. Jesus had once again silenced His adversaries and brought to light their hypocrisy.

What lessons can we learn from this text?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!