Extended reading: Matthew 12:1-8 Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath
9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
In this passage, Jesus demonstrates that God rules the Sabbath. Doing good is more important than any man-determined laws. Jesus’ second commandment is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We all deserve to seek healing.
Heavenly Father, help me to do good even when others around me disapprove. Remind me to pray for others even if it is unpopular. Amen.