On another sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. Even though he knew what they were thinking, he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” He got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” After looking around at all of them, he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus. (Luke 6:6-11, NRSV)
Is it lawful to do good or to harm on the sabbath?
Can you save or destroy on the sabbath?
Funny Jesus didn’t wait for an answer. He seemed to know what He was going to do before He asked the questions.
Because rules are good to keep order, but if they are rules that hold someone in captivity when they could be free, they are not what God has taught us.
God through Jesus came to show us love and an abundant life. So the rules take a back seat.
So is it lawful, or is it what God wants you to do?