Healing on the Sabbath9 Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him.
11 Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. 14 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.
I'm just trying to put myself in the place of this man with the withered hand. I'm tired this week, I just haven't been sleeping much at night because of my 6month old. I'm imagining what it much have been like to have a hand that just didn't look or function right. We use our hands for so much. The next thing that comes to mind is how good it must of felt to be healed, what a relief! Halellujah! I just imagine that this man must of felt "whole". When something is not working right on your body, you just don't feel like yourself. This man probably took a huge sigh of relief when Jesus healed him. The next thing that I see is how insensitive the Pharisees are. They didn't care anything about the people. Here they were in these high positions in the church and they were not caring for God's people. Can you imagine how burdensome the Pharisees were to the people in need. These people were suppose to be there to intercede for God's people, to care for them and all they did was burden them down with laws and rules. People have need in our churches. The need is for healing, the law cannot provide healing. The law does not heal. Preach grace!
This man is sitting here with a withered hand the Pharisees is debating with Jesus about whether it's lawful to heal?