Scripture Reading: Genesis 31:1-55 / Matthew 12:1-21 / Psalm 9:13-20
How much is man worth? A man who weighs 160 pounds is approximately comprised of 100 pounds of water, 29 pounds of protein, 25 pounds of fat, 5 pounds of minerals, 1 pound of carbohydrates and 1/4 ounce of vitamins. During the depression in 1936, all of those items cost 98 cents. In 1969 it elevated in value to $3.50 and today the price for your body’s raw elements has skyrocketed to $17.18!
If you would take the same 160-pound man and sell his body parts on the black market, he would be worth about $45 million! Of course our vital organs are the most profitable and we can’t live without them so it’s better to keep everything! There are over 113,000 people on waiting lists for organ transplants and only a little over 14,000 organs were donated last year. There are those who are willing to do whatever it takes and pay whatever it takes to get those organs, blood or bones.
We certainly do not place a value on man according to the price of their body parts, as man is far greater than that. There are many ways to measure a person’s worth and it’s not always in dollars and cents or pounds and ounces. A teacher who develops young minds and gives their students a firm foundation is valuable. The physician who through study and skill restores strength and health is worth much.
It doesn’t matter a person’s background, race, gender, education, age or economics; they are valuable in the sight of God. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees when they used a disabled man’s condition to trap Him into dishonoring the Sabbath. They baited Jesus to heal the man with the withered hand so they could condemn Him for healing on the Sabbath. Jesus reminds them that they would rescue one of their sheep that had fallen into a pit so, “How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!” Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:12)
There is a common thread in every person that makes them worth much and valuable. God breathed into created man and he became a living soul, separating him from all other creatures. Man’s soul consists of their will, affections and conscience. God created man with a remarkable soul that gave them the ability to understand and judge. Our bodies will decay and die but our souls have an eternal and immortal value.
God in His infinite wisdom, omnipotent power and divine goodness created man in His image…with a soul. By man’s choosing, they rejected God and today man’s soul is marred by sin. The Pharisees simply displayed their sinful soul and nature but Jesus reminded them God’s mission isn’t about saving a Sabbath but saving a man. Healing the withered man’s hand was a means to reach his withered soul. As it has been said, “It cost the Lord a lot more to redeem you, than to create you in the first place.” If you want to know how valuable and loved you are, don’t look to the world, within or to the black market…look to a cross of love, hope and restoration!