Today we read one word which not many Christians enjoy, the word “OUGHT”. Why? Because it gives a ‘negative’ connotation of ‘compulsion’. The average natural individual likes to be left alone to do his own thing or whatever as and when and where and how he likes or wants. Of course there are the compulsions of laws and order, fairness and justice legislated and executed ideally in a democratic nation(s) in order to protect its citizens. When lawlessness is rampant the whole human race will be wiped out.
What does Jesus say about “OUGHT”? Let us read some verses from Luke. (Bible verses are quoted from NKJV. Boldness added. ) My notes are in Italics before each verse or group of verses.
Jesus teaches that God’s Law is still valid. Jesus came to demonstrate how God’s Law can be fulfilled by the power of the Holy Spirit in Him. He also tells His believers that His burden is light and His yoke is easy He promises His disciples that after He left this world, with the Holy Spirit His disciples can do the work that He has done and even greater things. But those who do not believe in Him (like the Pharisees) will continue to depend on their human efforts and they will not be able to do the things they ought to do under the Law, and will try to cut corner in vain.
Jesus teaches that there are words we ought to say. We are not supposed to simply say words that we ought not to say. We will be judged by our own words. We need the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to enable us to fulfill the things that we ought to do.
The word ‘OUGHT’ when used by God is always positive. God’s Law looses the oppressed. Jesus has demonstrated that God sets people free from the bondage of Satan. No medical or other remedies could heal her infirmity. But Jesus healed her and set her free. Jesus’ action has thus declared: “People ought to be set free from Satanic bondage.”
Jesus teaches another positive aspect of the word ‘OUGHT’. People ought to do the right thing. Prayer is one positive example. You will gain and not lose out in doing the ‘ought-to-pray’ as commanded by Jesus.
The hypocrites use law to fulfill their own person agenda and not what God’s Law originally intended. God intended the Law to benefit all mankind.
Luke 13:13-15 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite![a] Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? Footnotes:Luke 13:15 NU-Text and M-Text read Hypocrites.
Jesus uses the word ‘OUGHT’ on Himself too. There is a sacrifice (cost) paid by Him in fulfilling the command of salvation. He has willingly paid and thus fulfilled the grand plan of God for all mankind.
Luke 24:25-27 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.