Prayer: Christ Jesus in heaven thank you for forming us from the womb; For stretching out the heavens; for spreading abroad the earth;, for being Our Redeemer; for saving us and doing so in such a way that has filled our hearts with compliance, love, truth and fixes our eyes on what is to come. Jesus Christ, Father in heaven, Holy Spirit, we love you incredibly. Give us strength to continue to walk in that love.
Gleaning: In Mark chapter 3 the Pharisees are aware of Jesus’ nature to heal and to do good work on Sabbath. They are keenly aware of His power, of His popularity. Their senses are attuned to their options: be changed, be humbled, accept they have been wrong at times about their interpretation of scripture, give up their stronghold on the people, give up their positions of power, stop playing their game, allow their lives to fall to the ground and live within a different and unfamiliar frequency and structure. Needless to say they did not want to take any of those roads. Neither would we have been inclined or excited to dig ourselves out of that pit.
So they were looking for ways to destroy the King of The World in order to save their way of life. Our Father sees and saw this. His words were in Jesus’ mouth before He healed that man’s hand.
He knew that once they thought they had reason to destroy them they would try. He knew that it would be difficult to cleanly destroy a man who has done no wrong, has pleased the people, and is incredibly popular. For His love for them and others was and is abundant and selfless. He knew He was putting the Pharisees in a tough spot. Sin, or be changed.
God knew all these things when Jesus, in obedience to His Father in Heaven through Him, said ” is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days or to do evil, to save life or to kill?”
In love, Jesus warned the Pharisees of their extreme potential to unlawfully plot the destruction of life on Sabbath. Then He healed the man’s hand, in accordance with the will of Our Father in heaven.
Scriptuer: Mark 3
And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 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. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.