by Jesse Hendley

Healing the Man with the Withered Hand
Jesse M. Hendley
Mark 3:1-6 Matthew 12:9-15

If you have your Bible, turn with me to Mark 3:1-6. Today we study about the Greatest Physician of all times. It is wonderful to study these eternal truths of God and to walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, finding Him by our side amid this world of sickness and suffering and trial. Here we see the Great Physician busy healing men physically, mentally and spiritually.

Matthew 12:15 says, ''He healed them all.'' Isn't that a wonderful statement? He healed them ALL. There was no exception. The rich man? He was healed. The poor man? He was healed. The man with the repulsive disease? Jesus healed him. It made no difference about the form or figure or nature of the case. Our Lord Jesus Christ came to heal men and He called Himself ''The Great Physician.''

Now in this 3rd chapter of Mark, we find Jesus healing a man with a withered hand. Matthew mentions this incident in 12:9-14. Luke tells of it in 6:6-11. Luke was a doctor, you remember, and he was especially interested in the healing power of the Great Physician. Now the circumstance that led to the healing of this man with the withered hand was a religious controversy, a religious dispute, a religious debate, contention, strife, quarrel. It was a controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees about ''the Sabbath Day,'' about Jesus healing on the Sabbath Day.

The argument was whether Jesus' healing on the Sabbath was agreeable with the laws of the Old Testament. The Pharisees said it was not lawful for Him to heal a man on the Sabbath. (As though God would make laws and impose them on men, hurting and harming them instead of blessing them!) That was the attitude of those hard religionists. They misunderstood the nature of God. That is why they misunderstood Jesus, Who came and revealed the nature of God to men, Today; we find much the same thing. Many people think God is hard and impose upon us obligations that would make life m ...

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