Daily Word

John 9

Read John 9 – Sabbath. Sight. Sin. 

I was in Israel a few years ago and saw firsthand how the Sabbath is honored.  No work is to be done on the Sabbath, and I was staying in a highrise hotel.  One elevator was designated Shabbat.  It would stop on every floor automatically and all lights remained off.  The premise is that pushing an elevator button and using light would be “work” and not rest…. Even though the elevator is now working twice as hard.  To this western girl, it seemed like a double standard.

 Jesus is not into double standards.  He healed the blind man on the Sabbath, and frustrated the religious leaders once again.  Afterwards, they overheard Jesus speaking to the healed man.  “I entered this world to render judgment – to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” :39  “Are you saying we are blind?” :40 they asked Jesus.  He gives an answer that should have made them question everything about themselves. 

Beloved, may you have eyes that see beyond man-made rules, so you are free to love God and your neighbor in the way that glorifies your Heavenly Father.

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