Is it lawful to do good works at anytime?

Matthew Bible Background

01.15.2017 – New Testament: Matt 12.10–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 12.1–21 on January 15, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord forbid the Israelites from working on the Sabbath, that is from doing their regular work, but He never forbid doing good or emergency work. However, by the first century, the Jews had come to conclude that any kind of good work could not be done on the Sabbath. Therefore Jesus confronted them about it,

And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him. Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath” (Matthew 12.10–12). 

They saw the logic in saving a sheep, but they could not see the logic in saving a man! They valued their things more than they valued a human life.


  • How do you rate your things in comparison to any person?
  • Do you do good works?

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