by Harley Howard

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Mark Chapter 3 (3 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
Harley Howard

1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Here's another of the "Sabbath challenges" that Jesus dealt with when He went into the synagogue. A certain man Jesus noticed had a withered hand. It was possible that this man was a plant to see what He would do with him, but personally, I doubt it. They watched Jesus to see what He would do. Clearly, as we will see, they had no concern whatsoever for this man. They wanted to find a reason to make an accusation before a judge. These were attempts to get Jesus convicted before the Sanhedrin so as to kill Him. Their intent was to kill Jesus, not to hurt Him. Jesus dealt with their foolishness masterfully.

3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

These questions are very important because what the religionist could not do was answer the questions. If you took the madness of these religionist to its extent, you would violate the word of God. Here's an example;

If a man had an opportunity of saving a man's life when he was in danger on the Sabbath, and he did not do it, he was guilty of his death. Following the extremity of these leaders caused multitudes to violate the word of God, as we will clearly see. Not only that, but again, there was no clear violation of the Mosaic Law that was proved. Jesus didn't violate the Sabbath day; He violated their oral traditions and false worship of God. What callousness religion is that it cares nothing for the needs of others, but to satisfy itself. Jesus violated no Scripture. And by the way, a very important point needs to be made here; these religionist were harboring mur ...

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