Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 21, 2019

“My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” – “He who keeps you will not slumber.” – “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life”

Today’s devotion comes from John 5:10-19.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.  But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”

For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.

Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing;  for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”  John 5:16-19.


We remember from the immediately preceding Scripture that Jesus healed the lame man on the Sabbath.   “Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”  John 5:8.

And, we remember from previous Scripture the justification that Jesus gave at another of His miracles on the Sabbath.

“But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.  But if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.  And a man was there whose hand was withered.  And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.  And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?  How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep!  So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”  Matthew 12:6-12.

With that introduction, we move to the focus of today’s devotion.  “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”  God the Father does not take Sundays off.  God does not take any day off.  

“2 My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.”  Psalm 121:2-4.

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1.

“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, …”  Psalm 23:6.

Nor does Jesus, God the Son, take Sundays off.  Jesus does not take any day off.

“Therefore He (Jesus) is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him (Jesus), since He (Jesus) always lives to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 7:25.

Nor does the Holy Spirit, God the Spirit, take Sundays off.  The Holy Spirit does not take any day off.

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”  John 14:16-17.


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