John 7: 19-24

Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” 20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?” 21 Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23 Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

Remember the man who was invalid for 38 years who Jesus healed on the Sabbath? Jesus does. He reminds them. He tells them that they are inconsistent.

A baby boy has to be circumcised on the 8th day and if that day happens to be the Sabbath the ceremony still goes ahead, thus breaking the Sabbath. They keep one part of the law but break another because it suits. They are inconsistent. The invalid man being healed on the Sabbath, was this wrong in light of the baby boy’s circumcision?

We have all fallen into the error of judging by what we see. First impressions count but they can be wrong. This week there was a government cabinet re-shuffle and people lost their jobs and so many judged. I don’t know enough information to know whether it was wrong or not. I wasn’t in the room.

We assess, judge and conclude and often we can be miles from the truth.

Our perspective is often not showing us the entire picture of what we have just witnessed. Let us give people more room to give their reasoning for certain things. Let us grace them with the opportunity to help us understand. We desire that from God for our own lives and He has the perfect perspective. So how much more us. Let us strive for consistency.

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