But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
This verse is memorable to me because I thought of the hypocrisy of the statement.
Jesus healed a woman sick for eighteen years. He did this in the synagogue and on the Sabbath.
The Jews had very strict rules about what you could and could not do on the Sabbath.
I’ve always wondered if the ruler of the synagogue was very sick on a Sabbath, he might send for a doctor to treat him. Or what if his daughter were sick? Would he try and find a doctor on the Sabbath for his child?
In other words, since it did not affect him it was against the law but if he were sick it would be understandable.
Everybody does it at one time or another no matter how hard someone tries not to!
One difference in the hypocrisy Jesus spoke about so often is the ones He spoke about thought they were better than anyone else and closer to God because of it.
Look around you. You may have a better car than someone, make more money, eat better, or consider yourself kinder.
But we all breathe the same air, live under the same sky, see the same moon, and need salvation.
True hypocrisy is knowing salvation and not sharing it!