Before I start this lesson I would like to provide a little background information about Jesus and the Pharisees. There were many times that the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus to show others that He broke their laws. The Pharisees put their laws before basic human needs. They disliked Jesus because He would not obey their petty rules. If Jesus submitted to their rules then He would then be saying that their rules were more important then God’s law. One of the rules that the Pharisees were most angry about with Jesus was His performing of miracles during the Sabbath. The rules of the Pharisees only allowed people to help others if it were a life or death situation. However, most of the healings Jesus performed in the Sabbath was not life or death. Jesus was trying to show the people that our God is one of the people, not of petty rules created by man. To put a limit on who and when you can do a good thing was insane and the Pharisees hated Him for it.
Then Jesus left that place and entered their synagogue. 10 A man was there who had a withered hand. And they asked Jesus, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” so that they could accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Would not any one of you, if he had one sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and it was restored, as healthy as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate him.
When Jesus healed the man’s hand, it enraged the Pharisees. Jesus was trying to teach them that there is never a wrong time to help someone in need. It did not matter if the situation was life or death or as simple as feeding those who are hungry or in need of healing. If we pick and choose who or when to help others, our convictions are not in lined with the word of God. The Pharisees were more interested in the technicalities of their laws than actually doing good. This is a very important lesson Jesus was teaching to the people then that can be applied to our daily lives now.
Please don’t put your needs or feeling above others that need help because it would inconvenience you. We are called to help one another without expecting something in return. Sometimes we may get caught up in our routines or busy life. We need to sometimes slow down and look around for those around us that need real help. It may be in your own household and you never even noticed. It could be as simple as praying for someone or helping someone change a tire on the side of the road. Every little good deed or blessing we can do for others serves our Heavenly Father’s will and pleases Him.
Just remember to say to yourself “slow down,” and it doesn’t matter how much in a hurry you feel that you are in. It is never a wrong time to do a good deed. God may be trying to use you to be a blessing to others, but if you put your priorities above others you may be robbing the blessing from another. I want to leave you with one small piece of scripture before ending this lesson. May God bless you all!
And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.