A Man with a Withered Hand Healed
3 And he entered into the synagogue again, and a man who had a withered hand was there. 2 And they were watching him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they could accuse him. 3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come into the middle.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And looking around at them with anger, grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it* out, and his hand was restored. 6 And the Pharisees went out immediately with the Herodians ⌊and began to conspire⌋ against him with regard to how they could destroy him.
SINS TO AVOID:
- Trapping someone to commit mistake or conspiring to kill an innocent person. There is no love here.
- Having a hardened heart that’s not responsive to God’s love or rebuke.
PROMISE TO CLAIM:
- Receive physical and spiritual healing from God who has big compassion.
EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:
- Always seek the presence of God in the church despite the hardship we are facing. Problems or physical illness should not be a barrier for us to go to church.
- Any tradition or belief should never contradict doing good to others. Loving our neighbors should always be above any other law (except for loving God).
COMMAND TO OBEY:
- Always be ready to obey God. Be sensitive to His voice – like the man with the withered hand he obeyed Jesus when he was asked to stand in the middle of the syngogue. Maybe God will perform a miracle in your life now but you must be willing to obey first.
SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:
- The Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath. He can do miracles and work to help others even on a Sabbath day.