I am going verse by verse through the book of Mark, no study notes, no other input……just me and the Holy Spirit to open up the word …..
3 Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. 2 Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.
3 Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” 4 Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him.
I love love love the way Jesus does things. Is he defiant? Is he a rebel? Does he do this just to make them mad so the scriptures can be fulfilled with his death? I would say NO NO NO –
There are so many ways to read this, see this section of scripture. I’ve preached it, taught it and read it a million times. And I am sure I preached it with an attitude…….you know a defiant attitude using Jesus as an example. But today I need to ask what is the heart of Jesus, I mean He asked me to be like Him, to do what He did to carry on in this world what He started, to be a LIGHT, to be a man that points to redemption and grace and mercy. So, what it His heart in this story?
His heart is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow….. LOVE, REDEMPTION, TRUTH….to see all redeemed!! I do not think for a second He was doing the things he did in anger or a way of taunting them. I think He truly wanted them to see the truth. He gave them opportunity to see and experience TRUTH and to be set free from this religious bondage that they were in………..and then He would deal with the HEART of each man through His actions. Just like He does with you and me today. HE SEES THE HEART OF MAN — our words mean NOTHING if they do not match the heart. And truth is ONLY GOD can see the heart. I mean usually over time the heart of a man will be exposed….but JESUS see’s and knows.
5 He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! 6 At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus.
Here it is…….Jesus looked them angrily and was DEEPLY SADDENED by their hard hearts. And then Jesus does what Jesus does. TRUTH, He does care or even worry about “how they feel….if he offended them or not” he didn’t care if he was politically correct or not…….. HE Wanted to teach them TRUTH and KILL the religious spirit that has them all in bondage!! It angered them so deeply that they wanted him DEAD!!!!
What do you think of these leaders? Anger? Hate? Do you think of how stupid they are? How God is right in front of them and they missed it? We would NEVER be so ignorant!!!
There are groups of people in our churches today that are just like this….if they don’t agree or like what the leaders are doing/saying/teaching/preaching they gossip, slander, and plan ways to kill them (spiritually) Same with other church members…..Same with “outsiders” when they come into our churches….and the list goes on and on. Here is the difference JESUS would never put up with it……..He would DO ALL HE COULD to show love and redemption, but once He knew the heart…..HE went head on to put them in their place. In the church today we cower down scared to offend, scared to lose a family or two over issues. Things are really no different today then it was when they wanted to kill Jesus.
Why do you think so many hate church? Jesus left us with the Holy Spirit — GOD!! JESUS!! To dwell within us, to guide us, to teach us, to empower us, to live our lives with Him in us and us in Him….. So are the leaders of our churches, are the congregations living in the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Jesus is coming back for a Bride without spot or wrinkle!!! We are a LONG LONG way from that place. BUT with that said, I believe that in a very short time Jesus can shake the church so hard that it will cause a falling out and a revival like we have never seen before — the end result will be a church with JESUS as the Center without spot or wrinkle. If you look today you can see the beginning of it. The answer is not to just walk away from the church and then join back in when it all comes down….. the answer is found in joining in with the Spirit, with Jesus in intersession for nations. Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us!!! JOIN IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AMAZING DAYS are ahead and I want to be a part of it!!!!