When Breaking One of God’s Commands is Good

There may be a time and place to disobey a command of Scripture.

The priest gave David and his men some of the sacred bread to eat. This was a violation of God’s law.

The midwives lied about the Hebrews babies, yet they were blessed by God.

Jesus healed on the Sabbath, breaking the long-held rule of not working on the Sabbath.

Rahab lied about the location of the slaves, yet she was protected by God and joined with the community of Israel.

What do all these have in common?

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was He said it was to love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself.

Love is the fulfilling of the law.

Each of the apparent violations of God’s laws, were really just violations of a command. A command that bends when love is at stake.

If breaking a specific command has to be done to show love to someone, then bend away. Simultaneously, it is possible for a person to keep many commands and yet not ever love anyone.

This is one of the main battles Jesus has with the religious leaders of His day, and a battle He’d no doubt fight with the leaders of today.

People are excellent at missing the point. Find out what this means–God will have mercy and not sacrifice.

You feeling special for keeping rules isn’t the point.