The Pharisees are big talkers about adhering to the law of Moses. They criticize Jesus for picking grain heads on the Sabbath so He and His disciples can have a snack. When dining in the home of the ruler of the Pharisees — yes, Jesus does not only dine with sinners; He also dines with high religious leaders — He asks the lawyers and Pharisees presumably dining with them if it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath. “But they remain silent.” (Luke 14:4,ESV)
Now there is a man “who has dropsy before Him.” (Luke 14:2) Jesus decides to heal him and send him away. The Pharisees are reclining at dinner, marveling at Jesus’ unwillingness to obey the law of Moses. Jesus challenges them, saying, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out.” (Luke 14:5) Jesus may as well say to them, “You’ve completely misinterpreted the intent of the law of Moses. The law is not meant to harm, but to heal.”
Father God, help us to remember that the law originally was designed to protect people from illnesses, maintain and promote community life, and support righteous living. The law of Moses was never intended to make us perfect. Only Your Son is able to sanctify us. Help us to be grateful. In Jesus’ Name, amen.