|By: Dr. Thomas O. Figart; ©2007|
|Dr. Figart continues looking at the Sabbath: is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?|
Major Point: You practice circumcision on the sabbath; this conferring of a benefit means so much that:
Minor Point: It is minor that the sabbath is broken by this act.
His second argument in the verse goes the other way:
Minor Point: The benefit of circumcision is to one member of a human body, yet it is commanded to be performed on the sabbath.
Major Point: The benefit of healing the impotent man in John 5, affected his entire body, yet it is not permitted on the sabbath day by tradition
Conclusion: John 7:24: "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
This relates to the question in Matthew 12:10 because it shows that the Jews did not consider it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day. The purpose of their question is thus explained: "that they might accuse him."
Minor Point: In verse 11 rescuing just one sheep from a pit is important enough to be permitted on the sabbath day (Compare Luke 13:15; 14:5).
Major Point: In verse 12 saving life (In this case, restoring a hand) is lawful on the sabbath because a man is much more valuable than a sheep.
At this point, Jesus showed His anger and grief at their hardness of heart (Mark 3:5). Then He asked the paralyzed man in full view of them all, to stretch forth his hand and it was healed completely! (Luke 6:8,10). Once again, the Pharisees "held their peace" (Mark 3:4) but inside their hardened hearts they were "filled with fury" (Luke 6:11). But "in the fulness of time," when they stand before Him at the Judgment, it will be too late to repent and believe in Christ as Savior! How sad that human tradition is more important than life; even eternal life!