Friday: October 30, 2020
Reference: Luke 14:1-6
Luke 14:5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say.
Many principles taught in some subjects seem to have a lack of practical application thus there are moments in high-school where in studying about 14 subjects, all of them being examinable, students would ask ‘will this be useful to me in real life?’ For many of us, we may not mind the theoretical frameworks, but without a clear application, these theories become nothing but redundant.
Nonetheless, this was the issue with the teachers of the law who encountered Jesus: in their bid to achieve theoretical perfection, they had thrown away the practicality of a context. The sabbath as ‘a day of rest’ was to them a literal script which although they upheld, could not throw all their weight behind it. In a real world application as Jesus asked them about, they provided no responses: ‘would you save your ox and is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?
Beloved, hypothetical scenarios of what ifs seem to afford us the opportunity to cling firmly to established tenets, the letter of the law. However, applications in real life draws a lot more out us: far beyond the letter of law and beyond theoretical frameworks, the situations we encounter in life tap into the deepest pockets of our hearts to bring our convictions to bear. That determines our response.