Chinese Translation: GB Big5

Healing a Man's Withered Hand

Matt 12:9; Mark 3:1; Luke 6:6

Luke 6:6-11 (web)
It also happened on another Sabbath that he entered into the synagogue and taught.
There was a man there, and his right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him,
to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath,
that they might find an accusation against him.
But he knew their thoughts;
and he said to the man who had the withered hand,
"Rise up, and stand in the middle."
He arose and stood.

Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you something:
Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do harm?
To save a life, or to kill?"
He looked around at them all, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."
He did, and his hand was restored as sound as the other.
But they were filled with rage,
and talked with one another about what they might do to Jesus.


What does this reveal about Jesus?

He is Lord of the Sabbath, giving rest to the afflicted by healing them. He can restore to health that which is shriveled up and useless.

Notes:

At times we need to "get up and stand in front of everyone", in a manner of speaking, and stand opposed, in a more explicit fashion, to those promoting a false concept contrary to the spirit of the Bible.

The Pharisees reckoned the Sabbath to be a day of rest, but because they didn't follow the spirit of the law, they made it just the opposite through their regulations, by making it into a day of burden for the afflicted, who weren't allowed medical treatment on that day, just so that supposedly physicians could rest. In their legalistic zeal to appear religious outwardly they made themselves into hypocrites. And rather than rejoice with this man who hand been healed, thought rather how to harm Jesus. So their Sabbath rest consisted of planning how to do evil and destroy life and to hinder those who would heal and save it.

Let us not get so caught up in religious practices as to dissuade us from seeking healing from the Lord.


The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources Jul 29,2015