None of you keeps the law

Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:19-24

When Moses gave Israel God’s law, one of the laws concerned circumcision. The law decreed that male babies should be circumcised on the eighth day. In order to uphold the law on circumcision they would perform the ritual on the eighth day even if it fell on the Sabbath. In today’s verses Jesus is calling them on the inconsistency of allowing circumcision on the Sabbath but condemning Jesus when He healed on the Sabbath.

Israel had gotten so obsessed on the letter of the law and how they interpreted it that they lost the spirit of the law. God set the Sabbath aside for the Jews to not do their normal labors but to spend that day in worship of God and to rest from their daily labors. But God also took into account that sometimes an animal would be hurt or in distress and need to be taken care of. If an animal fell into a well they were allowed to rescue the animal, no need to wait a day.

Instead of following what God said, they spent their time trying to decide how far someone could walk from home before it was considered work. In doing this they took away from what God wanted for the Sabbath and turned it into what men decided the Sabbath should be. Jesus was trying to get the Jews back to observing the day as God intended. And for His troubles they plotted to kill Him.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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