Surely no one reading this has ever done that before.
If you want a good laugh read John 5:1-15.
The story is about a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. He would join others by a “healing” pool every day. The first ill person in the water once it was stirred was made whole.
One day Jesus just happened to be walking by and saw this invalid. He asked,
“Do you want to be healed?”
The man replied, “I have no help getting in the pool when the water is stirred. Someone else always gets in before me.”
Jesus replied, “Get up. Take your mat and walk.”
So he did.
The Pharisees saw him walking with his mat and yelled out to him,
“It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed and walk.”
WHAT? DID THEY REALLY ASKED HIM THAT?
This invalid hadn’t been able to walk for 38 years. These self-centered, egotistical, so-called educated bigots told him he had broken the law?
Did they expect him to go back to Jesus and say, “Excuse me sir, but would you make me an invalid again? According to the law, this is considered working on the Sabbath. Can you come back tomorrow and repeat this miracle?”
Oh, give me a break.
Legalism at its best.
As I was reading this I had to laugh at the ridiculousness of the self-interested.
Was their demand to follow the law an acquittal for their foolishness?
Did they honestly believe the Son of God would stop healing on the Sabbath?
Where were their priorities? Or did they have any?
Their precedence was control; manipulation and commanding power for themselves.
Forget the love of God, his laws were not to be broken; not even by the “Anointed One.” (Psalm 2:2)
The Pharisees were “wolves in sheep’s clothing” fraudulently and maliciously playing with the emotions of this man as they did with many others.
Obviously not. Their relatives came to America; and they are alive and kicking.