What are some laws or expectations that you are living up to in your own strength instead of obeying Jesus’ commands by faith?

Daily Study from Lifeway’s “The Gospel Project”

Read John 5:8-15

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

By and large, most Jews were sticklers for keeping the Sabbath. It was a key command from the Lord (on par with circumcision) for keeping the Jews separate from the pagan peoples who surrounded them. The Pharisees and teachers of the law through the generations had drawn out a lengthy list of what constituted as “work” so they wouldn’t break God’s law and work on the Sabbath. However, their lengthy list mostly included human-invented regulations that exceeded the intent of God’s law in the first place, such as carrying a mat from one place to another.

So when the Jews saw the healed man walking with his mat, they would have been infuriated, and then even more so upon finding out that someone had told him to carry his mat! But they missed the miraculous forest for their human-centered trees. They missed that their promised Sabbath rest with healing in His wings had come in the flesh in Jesus.

What are some laws or expectations that you are living up to in your own strength instead of obeying Jesus’ commands by faith?

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