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Matthew 12:9-21, Teachings of Jesus

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath
— Matthew 12:12

NL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, February 26, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


Recently a friend of mine posted on his Facebook page that he wished there was an 8th day of the week.

That day would be called Nap day - and if anyone interrupted the nap day they should be punished - but not on nap day because that was a day of rest.

The thing is, God already commanded us to have a Sabbath day - and we’ve started to ignore it as a necessity.

Whether it’s society’s issue, opening businesses on Sunday (the Christian day of rest) or it’s our own fault for not honoring the need to take a day and just rest - we ignore the fact that we, as humans, need to rest.

Stop feeling selfish for needing a break.

You were commanded to rest, and even if God won’t be mad if you work on the Sabbath, you know what’s best for you.

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

The Man with a Withered Hand

 He left that place and entered their synagogue; a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?’ so that they might accuse him. He said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.’ Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

God’s Chosen Servant

 When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 
‘Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
   my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
   and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. 
He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
   nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. 
He will not break a bruised reed
   or quench a smouldering wick
until he brings justice to victory. 
   And in his name the Gentiles will hope.’

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