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When Our Safety Withholds Someone's Blessing

Posted: Saturday, January 17

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26


Verse of the day:

I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices. For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath! (Matthew 12:7-8)

In Matthew chapter twelve, Jesus comes to the synagogue and notices a man with a withered hand. The pharisees engage the opportunity to accuse Jesus of working on the Sabbath. Jesus’ actions are driven by one thing: compassion. When Jesus encounters suffering, he moves to action. He always moves. 


I’ve spent a lot of years of my life in church. I know the guidelines and the expectations. (I was a master at Junior Bible Quiz!) My confession, however, is that far too often my compassion lays dormant. I want to move to action. Whether it’s Sunday or Thursday, I never want to allow my safety to withhold someone else’s blessing. Jesus said it best: 


“If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”