Scripture: “Why are you trying to kill me?” “You are demon‑possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?” Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all astonished. Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a child on the Sabbath. Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath?” John 7:19b-23 NIV
Observation: Jesus questioned the legitimacy of the complaints against him.
Application: Jesus put the ball right back into the court of his criticizers. He called them on their hypocrisy of complaining about him healing on the sabbath and yet they routinely performed circumcision on the very same day. This is another instance of “remove the log…” I think about how often I become critical of another person for doing the very thing I am guilty doing. I believe that Jesus’ lesson here is larger than “remove the log…etc.,” but I think it’s a good reminder for me to watch my hypocrisy.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the reminder to be consistent in my words, actions, and attitude. Thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.