We are often faced with difficult choices where each decision seems to be the wrong one. I’m going to use a parable from the Bible to illustrate this. “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
This parable, often misunderstood was taught by Yeshua to demonstrate light and heavy matters. When his audience heard the story, they knew immediately that the priest and Levite had done the correct thing. To offer help would have made them unclean and unable to carry out their duties in the temple according to the Torah (God’s instruction) under which they lived. The point of Yeshua message was that although the rules in the Torah were important, compared to the wellbeing of another person, they weighed less. According to the right interpretation of Torah that Yeshua brought, caring for a fellow human being with compassion and generosity (the heavy matter) is more important that service to Him (the light matter).
We will often be faced with choices, work or family, one job over another. To resolve the impasse, consider which is the heavy matter in this circumstance and which is the lighter and go with the heavier matter.