S (Scripture): Luke 6:6 On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching. Now a man was there whose right hand was withered. 7 The experts in the law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” So he rose and stood there. 9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” 10 After looking around at them all, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored. 11 But they were filled with mindless rage and began debating with one another what they would do to Jesus.
O (Observation): The Pharisees were so full of hatred for Jesus – the one who was destroying their religion by breaking the rules – that their minds, hearts, and souls were blind to what God was doing right before their very eyes. God was bringing forth the Kingdom through Jesus Christ, one healing at a time.
A (Application): How often do we focus on what WE believe the Kingdom of God to look like? So often we push away those whom Jesus interacted with the most: the marginalized, the sick, the “unclean.”
How often do we look like the Pharisees? How often are we filled with mindless rage, only to realize that what drives us crazy is NOT what God is doing, but the fact that we have placed God in too small of a box…and now our God no longer fits in that nice, small box?
P (Prayer): Lord, open our hearts and minds to what you are up to in this world. Amen.