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Missing the Point

Posted: Wednesday, January 17

 Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries 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:    

  “Then Jesus went over to their synagogue, where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (Matthew 12: 9-10)


Matthew 12: 9-10 “Then Jesus went over to their synagogue, where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)”

 

Reading through these stories about the Pharisees it is hard to believe that these were the trusted spiritual leaders in their communities. They were very knowledgeable about the law and the scriptures but were so blind when it came to seeing that the Son of God was standing right in front of them. Here was a man with a physical need and what they saw was an opportunity to try to trap Jesus. Jesus saw an opportunity to change a life.

 

They were so knowledgeable about what the law said but still missed the entire point of what it was for.  Matthew 22: 36-40 sheds more light on this. It says, “One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question:    “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?” Jesus replied, ‘you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

 

The law can be summed up by one word: Love. It points us to love God with all our hearts and to show love to everyone we come in contact with.  The Pharisees wanted to use the law as a weapon to keep people down and to trap those they felt were a threat.  The closer we get to Jesus the more our love should grow for God and others. Reading about the Pharisees is always a good time to look in the mirror to check how you are doing.  There would be nothing worse than to stand before God full of knowledge only to find out you have missed the point.