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How Do You Respond To Truth? – Luke 14:1-6

Luke 14:1-6 – Listen

1 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 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?” 6 And they could not reply to these things.

Redeemed Mind – Learn

In the Gospel of Luke, this is the third and final healing miracle that Jesus performs during a Sabbath (see Luke 6:6-11 & Luke 13:10-17).  In this scene, Jesus heals a man while sharing a meal with the religious leaders.  In the Ancient Near East, it would have been perfectly normal for houses to have all their doors open with guests coming in and out.  In this case, Jesus, the famous rabbi, would most certainly have attracted large crowds, including those who were seeking healing from their diseases.  As the ESV Study Bible explains: the man healed in this passage “probably had edema, where excess fluid gathers in various parts of the body.”

Similar to the previous Sabbath healings, Jesus confronts the religious leaders’ blatant hypocrisy by highlighting the ridiculous fact that the Pharisees were more willing to help a farm animal than a human being made in the image of God.

The Pharisees were so blinded by their self-imposed laws and regulations that they had ultimately lost sight of true religion.

Redeemed Heart – Worship

While Jesus may have seemed like an irreligious rule breaker to the Pharisees, He actually exemplified the priority God places on caring for one another.  Jesus teaches that the desires of the heart are more important that checking off items on a to-do list… that relationship is more important than following rules… that Christianity is more than doctrine, but is something that must be lived out in every moment of our lives.  Above and beyond any religious facade, this living faith is what God desires most in from His children.

Redeemed Life – Grow

My jaw drops when I see the Pharisee’s stubbornness.  I think: “I can’t believe how stupid and heartless those guys were…”

But when I reflect on my own life, I find myself doing a similar thing.  I know some of the sinful things I do make absolutely no sense, and even though I’m confronted with Truth, I ignore God and continue on in my stupidity.  This sometimes happens on Sunday when I hear convicting preaching or spend time with God in prayer.

This makes me think of Proverbs 17:10: “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

I really want to be that “man of understanding” that is quick to change my ways in light of God’s Truth, but in my sinful rebellious heart, I still want to do things my own way.

Do you resonate with that?

Sometimes the Bible tells us of sinful people (like the Pharisees), but also points the finger at us.  It asks, “How do you respond to truth?  Are you willing to change when Jesus challenges you?”

My prayer is that we can together be people with soft, teachable hearts – seeking God way rather than our way.