“‘Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. In the synagogue there was a woman who had an evil spirit in her. This spirit had made the woman a cripple for 18 years. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, your sickness has left you!” Jesus put his hands on her. Immediately she was able to stand up straight and began praising God. The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. He said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don’t come for healing on the Sabbath day.”’ – Luke 13:10-14
Our Grade 5/6 students are leading whole school worship services over the coming weeks and their chosen theme this week was ‘Loving people and doing the right thing sometimes means breaking the rules’.
Jewish people had 613 individual rules they were required to follow as part of their religion. The rule the synagogue leader thought Jesus had broken was ‘do not undertake work on the Sabbath’.
Not working on the Sabbath is indeed an important rule that God has given us. After all, we need to allow our bodies to rest in order for us to undertake our work with joy and competence. But keeping the Sabbath is not just about following rules about rest. It is about honoring God, celebrating his mercies and reminding ourselves of the many blessings we have.
While the synagogue leader felt that the Sabbath was the worst possible day for healing, Christians would see that healing on the Sabbath is probably the best day for healing. What better way to honor God, than to care for a woman who had suffered for so long?
May we remember that even when our lives are busy and we have deadlines to meet, the most important thing is to honor God through doing his will and loving others… even if it means breaking the rules.
Sunset on the Nile, Egypt. (Photo: T Brennen)
Wow! Is it really the end of week 6 already? Where has the time gone?
With NAPLAN, Edendale Farm excursion, enrolment interviews and what not we have barely had a chance to catch our breath. Now we begin
report writing and have a public holiday soon too! Not to mention the Year 3/4 camp.
Last week we had a great time at Edendale Farm – principal included. We all learnt a great deal about the importance of caring for God’s earth. Fortunately for the current Christian Studies teacher (the principal!) it fitted in nicely with the learning focus this term which is caring for God’s Creation’. Great conversations took place about how we should care for the earth as God gave it to us as a gift. I have seen the flurry of excitement in the classrooms as students have tried to eat better, recycle more, use less electricity and water, and keep things tidy.
Edendale Farm is actually called ‘Edendale Sustainability Farm’ as it is a farm that focuses on doing things in a sustainable fashion. God is very much is the business of sustainability too I think – and not just in the earthly sense.
Without sustainable practices it is possible that the earth will no longer be able to sustain humans. Think about that for a moment. Sustainable practices are needed to allow something to sustain us.
Christians should be using sustainable practices and I don’t just mean looking after the planet. If we move so fast that we don’t allow God to sustain us we cut our selves off from a vital resource. God needs to be our sustaining life force.
When I was working in Egypt I often thought of the following verse from Isaiah “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom…Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert” (Is 35:1-3)
Are we allowing God to sustain us or are we trying to sustain ourselves? The everlasting water provided by God must be our source of sustainability.
May we always be a sustainable people sustained by God.