Mark 3:1–6 (ESV)
A Man with a Withered Hand
3 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there
with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath
to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Jesus is aware that people are watching and trying to set him up. You get the feeling that
today’s reading is a set up. The Pharisees are in the synagogue with a man who has a withered hand. They are waiting for to see how Jesus responds. Little do they know, that Jesus is God and he knows what they are thinking. So
Jesus feeds them to their desires. Look at the grammar and you will see that Jesus says “Come here” to the man with the withered hand, but he says to “them”. You see Jesus calling the man, but turning to them to address
them directly. The question is not to the withered hand man, but to the Pharisees. He asks: “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” They didn’t answer... they remained silent.
So to tick them off... Jesus healed him. What he did was good, he restored the mans hand. No one could deny this, but the Pharisees are more intent on destroying Jesus to understand his teaching point. Are you willing to listen to Jesus with
an open mind, or are you going to hold on to some pre-judgements?
I pray: O Lord, help me to always approach you with an open mind and to allow the Holy Spirit to guide and shape me according to your