But He was aware all along of their thoughts, and He said to the man with the withered hand, Come and stand here in the midst. And he arose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them, I ask you, is it lawful and right on the Sabbath to do good [so that someone derives advantage from it] or to do evil, to save a life [and make a soul safe] or to destroy it? Luke 6:8-9 [AMP]
As I was reading this passage today, the thing that jumped out to me the most was “He was aware all along of their thoughts.“ All too often I tend to focus too much on exhibiting the right behavior once I have thought about going in one direction or another. I forget that Jesus knows my thoughts. It’s my thoughts and my heart that Jesus is concerned with, not so much of my actions. In fact, the Bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice. Obedience starts in the heart.
The next verse concerns what Jesus had to say to these Pharisees, who were challenging Him about healing on the sabbath. “Is it lawful and right on the sabbath to do right or to do evil. To save a life or to destroy it?” Jesus already knew that in their heart they were leaning towards evil because they were already in fury debating within their own hearts/minds how to stop Him from doing what He was doing and saying.
What is super convicting is that my heart is often times just like the Pharisees’, but in the normal walk, situations, and circumstances of my life. Whether it’s how I’m feeling towards a coworker who is challenging me on a direction we should go, or that person who cut me off on the freeway, or the annoyance that I have with those in our world who are pushing social agendas that are against the word of God. It’s that evil condition in my heart that I feel so convicted by when I read my quiet time today. Lord God forgive me for the evil that is deep inside me. Help me in my sanctification to be more like You; to overcome and have victory over this aspect of my flesh.