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Would you…?

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Reading: Mark 3: 1-6

Verse Four: “Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill'”?

Today’s passage has three perspectives. Let’s begin with the man. The man with the shriveled hand is most likely a beggar – relying on the charity of others to eat, to have clothing, etc. To go out to find Jesus might take days. This would cost him and he would likely not eat those days. But now, right here in the temple, he has found the healer, Jesus. Jew or not, he wants healing more than to observe the Sabbath.

The Sabbath is important to the Pharisees. They “watched him closely” to see if Jesus would somehow sin, breaking a Sabbath or temple law. They see Jesus as a challenge to their authority and to their place in life. The Pharisees are also the keepers of about all that the Jews have left as the people of God. The Romans have allowed temple worship to continue. As a people living under an occupying army, religious practices and traditions are about all you have left to hold your people together. It is all that keeps them a community. These two factors combine to give the Pharisees “stubborn hearts”.

Jesus is the third yet central character in our passage. He goes to the synagogue on the Sabbath and He sees the man. You just know that Jesus is filled with compassion for the man. So He asks him to stand up. Everyone look at this man. Then Jesus asks the Pharisees, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill”? Even though this is the Sabbath – the day to honor God with worship and to do no work – what do we do with this man? For the man and Jesus there is only one correct answer. To the Pharisees, though, neither answer is acceptable. Answer one way and they are saying the Sabbath has no value. Answer the other way and they are saying the man has no value. It is a no-win situation for the Pharisees, so they remain silent.

Would you buy that cake for your child’s birthday with your last $20 or would you pay for the groceries for that single mom in front of you in line without enough? Would you be on time for that super important meeting or would you stop and help that elderly lady change her flat tire? We often stand in the Pharisees shoes – how do we decide between two goods? As Jesus did, may we choose the better good, always valuing relationship over to institution.

3 thoughts on “Would you…?

  1. IN TODAY WORLD, IT SAD, AS MANY PEOPLE MAKE IT THEIR JOB TO BEG AND USE YOU, I SEE IT HERE IN MY APT PEOPLE, FAMILYS WITH MONEY, WANTS TO USE PEOPLE TO CARE FOR THEIR MOTHERS FREE, SO THEY DONT HAVE TO SPEND THEIR MONEY.
    IN RAPID CITY WE HAVE LOTS OF PEOPLE WANT MONEY , THEY BUY BEER AND DRUGS , THAT THE POLICE SAYS NOT TO GIVE MONEY TO THEM.
    NOW YOU SEE THE SAME MEN WORKING I 90 , FOR MONEY OUT NEAR I LIVE. THEY DONT WANT JOBS AS THEIR LOTS OF JOBS TO BEHAD.. SO IN TODAYS PROBLEMS. , IT SAFER TO GIVE TO A CHURCH WHO FEEDS THE POOR. OR GIVE TO A GROUP WHO FEEDS THE POOR.
    CRIME IN RAPID CITY HAS GONE UP. I just don’t THE ANSWER, PEOPLE NEED PRIDE IN THEMSELF AND WORK , ID THEY ABLE EVEN PART TIME BETTER THEN, BEGGING..

  2. JESUS WITH THY ABIDE, BE HER SAVIOUR , LORD AND GUIDE, WHILE ON EARTH HER FAITHFUL IS TRIED , WE BESEECH, THE , HEAR US.

    YE SERVANTS OF THE LORD, EACH IN HIS OFFICE WAIT, OB SERVANT OF HIS HEAVNLY WORD AND WATCH FULL AT HIS GATE.
    LET ALL YOUR LAMPS BE BRIGHT AND TRIM THE GOLDEN FLAME,
    GIRD UP YOUR LOINS AS IN HIS SIGHT , FOR GREAT IS NAME. AMEN AMEN

  3. THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH PROVKES INCREASED OPPOSITION FROM THE ENEMY ,. THROUGH FEVENT PRAYERS , HOWEVER , GOD S PEOPLE WILL FACE THIS OPPOSITION WITH GREAT VICTORIOUSLY…

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