Saturday, August 17

Psalms: 148, 149

Meditation

John: It might be easier for me to focus on Jesus’ healing the paralytic (of 38 years) on the Sabbath. I choose rather to focus on verse 14: “See, you are well again [the paralysis is not from birth]. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” While we don’t know what happened to the man after his encounter with Christ, I think that his continued restored health was not contingent on his continued obedience. Jesus’ warning had more to do with the fact of the consequences of sin – there is no implied threat here.

Gospel: John 5:1-18

New Testament: Acts 7:30-43

Old Testament: Judges 16:1-14

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