“Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, ‘There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.’ The Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?’” Luke 13:14-15.
It was your basic teaching day on the Sabbath at the local synagogue with Jesus doing the teaching.
But then things took a turn for the worst. Why? Jesus noticed that one of the female attendees had a crippling condition that did not allow her to straighten up and decided to do something about it. Jesus knew that the woman had suffered with this problem for eighteen years.
Jesus could have waited for a “better” time to help the afflicted woman but wouldn’t. She may have been willing to wait as well. Anyhow, Jesus called the lady to come out of the audience and down to the front and promptly healed her of her affliction.
What does the synagogue leader do in response? He chides people for coming to the synagogue on the Sabbath in need of healing!
You wonder why Jesus was so frustrated with these folks? In a moment that should have been one of great rejoicing, these folks cite a broken rule of their own making. It was indeed outrageous behavior.
The synagogue leader and his associates were sure that they had “the truth” cornered. And we must be careful that our “truths” are Biblical not our own creations lest we be labeled “hypocrites” too. The world watches the professing believers and often sees hypocrisy. Our complete trust must be in Him so that our actions will rightly represent Him.
“Lord, tough story and an easy one in which to see the hypocrisy of a group of people. We claim to be Godly yet we too often betray that relationship with our actions. I ask for forgiveness. I ask for enlightenment in this day that Your Ways will be my ways. Prick my conscience when I am messing up so that I can change. I love You, Father.”
Have you been a hypocrite today? We must rightly represent God in everything.