Anytime I read of the pharisees I am reminded of the human condition: our desire be God. Isn’t that what makes us sick and in need of salvation? We can be very prideful, conceited people. It blinds us to the ways of the Lord.
It seems that we have a tendency to avoid change and to believe we are right – even when we are wrong. I happen to believe it is a matter of the heart. Are our hearts hardened to the point of ignoring truth? I pray that mine is not; although I know I can act like it is in certain situations.
“Then Jesus said to them, I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” (Luke 6:9 NKJV)
While the Pharisees were contemplating against Jesus because of “their” ways and because of the law, Jesus’ heart and desire was after that of His Father’s. Very simple and powerful. This story is very touching to me because it was God’s desire to heal the man with a withered hand; regardless of how the Pharisees interpreted the law.
It is a simple but powerful lesson: we need to model our hearts after our Father in Heaven. Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath because it was good. As for the good standing Pharisees, well, they were filled anger because their hearts were challenged.