The Gospel of Matthew, Day 31

The Gospel of Matthew, Week 7, Day 31

Meditation and Memory Verse: For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath. Matthew 12:8 NIV

MATTHEW 12:9-21 (NIV)
9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
 the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
 and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
 no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
 and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Discussion: The Pharisees got so caught up with living by the letter of the law that they forgot about mercy. Seeing their reaction to this man’s healing, how would you describe their hearts? Read Proverbs 4:23. How do we guard our hearts?
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