by Robert Walker

Stretch Out Your Hand!
Robert Walker
Mark 3: 1-5

William Wilberforce was an eighteenth century Christian living in England. William believed his calling was to work toward the abolition of slave trade in England, so he served his entire career on the British Parliament.

Parliament was his place to seek the good of others. William turned down promotion after promotion that would've brought him much more wealth and much more prestige.

Other politicians called him a fool, because William Wilberforce pursued the good of others.

Friend the Pharisees couldn't be accused of pursuing the good of others. The milk of human kindness had all but curdled in their lives.

They became angry with Jesus and they never saw opportunity to do good but rather they saw in the crippled man an opportunity to accuse Jesus of breaking their legalistic regulations regarding the Sabbath.

The only thing they were concerned about was their Law and traditions. It's never wrong to do right even on the Sabbath?

According to, old laws that are still on the books...

In Alabama, it is against the law to play dominoes on Sunday. In Alabama and Massachusetts, hunting is not allowed on Sunday.

In Little Rock, Arkansas it is illegal to walk one's cow down Main Street after 1pm on Sunday. In Colorado, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin car dealers may not sell cars on Sunday.

In Denver, Colorado it is illegal to drive a black car on Sundays. In Florida, it is against the law for unmarried women to parachute on Sundays.

In Georgia, it is illegal to cut off a chicken's head on Sunday. In Massachusetts, it is illegal to deliver diapers on Sunday regardless of emergencies. In Minnesota, hamburgers may not be eaten on Sundays.

In New Hampshire, on Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.
In Rhode Island, it is illegal to sell a toothbrush and toothpaste to the same person on a Sunday.

I think we w ...

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