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Love People and Use Things or Love Things and Use People
Luqas (Luke) 14:1-6
“And it came to be, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they were watching Him closely.
And see, there was a certain man before Him suffering from dropsy.
And Yeshua responding, spoke to these learned in the Torah and the Pharisees, saying, ‘Is it right to heal on the Sabbath?’
But they were silent. So taking hold of him He healed him, and let him go.
And to them He said, ‘Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, shall not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?’
And they were unable to answer Him regarding these matters.” (TS2009)
“Is it right to heal on the Sabbath?”
Let’s first look at the man with dropsy. Dropsy is an old term for the swelling of soft tissues due to the accumulation of excess water. In ages past, a person might have been said to have dropsy, whereas today, the condition is described with more descriptive and specifying language (e.g.-An individual might have edema due to congestive heart failure.). The Scriptures do not tell us if this man with dropsy was an invited guest or if perhaps he had learned that Yeshua would be dining with the Pharisees and teachers of the law at that time in that place. We do know, though, that this was a cause for the question, “Is it right to heal on the Sabbath?” (v. 3).
For all the times that the Pharisees and teachers of the law had hoped to trip Yeshua up on the Torah, it seems now they have been tripped up themselves; they “were silent” (v. 4).
Yeshua healed the man, and the man went about his business, presumably away from the home where Yeshua was dining, because he is not mentioned again, having been healed by a very physical touch of Yeshua.
Looking at the Pharisees and the religious leaders of the law, Yeshua asks, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, shall not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” (v. 5). And still the Pharisees and teachers of the law were “unable to answer Him” (v. 6). What Yeshua was really asking, and what we should be asking today, is, “What is your priority? Human beings or animals? Do you love people and use animals as they were meant to be used, or do you love animals above everything else and use people as the whim hits you? Where is the love in your hearts toward your fellow human beings? Love is an action that comes from your heart and is given to everybody 24/7/365 year in and year out,”
So, let me ask you; Where is the love toward your fellow human beings? Do you love people and use things, or love things and use people? What is more important, that new car or providing a meal for a family in need? What is more important, protecting a child or protecting an animal? I’m not saying not to protect your animals. We, too, have fur babies that are an integral part of our family unit; but, we have gone so far into legalism, though many claim they do not walk a legalistic path, that we have forgotten how to love, instead we only use people and love things just as did the Pharisees and teacher of the law.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 22:37-40--”And Yeshua said to him, ‘You shall love YeHoVaH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and great command. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.”
Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 19:18--”Do not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am YeHoVaH.” (TS2009)
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:5--”And you shall love YeHoVaH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.” (TS2009)