He went on from there and entered their synagogue. And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.
by: Dale Rood.
Too often, we think of all the things we should not do on Sabbath. I prefer to think of the things we should do on Sabbath. I have developed five positive principles for keeping Sabbath: 1) Make it special for God (Exodus 20:1); 2) Rest (Exodus 20:9-11); 3) Gather for worship (Leviticus 23:3); 4) Make it a delight (Isaiah 58:13-14); and 5) Make it a day for doing good. We find that last principle here in Matthew 9:12. This is the distinctively New Testament principle for keeping Sabbath. How can you use this day in a special way for doing good you would not ordinarily have time to do?