The first reading from Isaiah 38:1-22 starts out with a King that served the Lord well but then had fallen away and was told to get his house in order because he was going to die. The King wept bitterly and was sorry for his fall so God said he would heal him and give him fifteen more years to live. The sign that God gave the King to prove His promise; “See, I will make the shadow cast by the sun on the stairway to the terrace of Ahaz go back the ten steps it has advanced.” So the sun came back the ten steps it had advanced. Doesn’t the sun have laws it was created to obey? Yet, a miracle! The sun obeyed God.
In the Gospel of Matthew 12:1-8, the disciples were hungry and they picked grain to eat on the sabbath which was against the law. The Pharisees called them on this unlawful practice. Jesus said to the Pharisees … “If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.” So again, in this case, it was okay to break the law and obey Jesus.
The simple answer but not so simple action is to obey truth over law. God desires us to be obedient to just laws for the good of all. When laws are unjust, we have to stand up and speak out. Isn’t this where we are today in society? There is a lot of injustice in this world and people are starting to speak up. Unfortunately, people are doing more than speaking up as they are fighting injustice with injustice. It’s the so called eye for an eye mentality which we know is not the mercy and love from God.
I guess my point today would be that we need to get our hearts in the right place. We need to love and quit condemning yet stand up for truth. Obey the law! Obey God! When they conflict, obey God with great courage.