Mark Has Some Good News, Part 10, The Technical Side Of Righteous Blasphemy
A Man with a Withered Hand
1 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 isn't recorded as angry often. Here we see him showing us an example of what's worth being angry about. I think that Paul was right when he said don't let the sun go down on your anger. Being the only person who can forgive sins I can see how his anger might have been stayed. But I can't help if the frustration we all exhibit over the smallest of problems is not the same as what Christ is showing us here.
What do you do with arrogant and ignorant people? When they refuse to see the will of God and trudge on in an attempt to promote their own way.
Jesus proved them to be evil. These men would rather see a suffering man die then to break the Sabbath. He showed their hearts in what I could imagine as hope in a change being possible in those hearts. Just to be rewarded with a heartfelt slap. They would not budge and be humbled.
Using that same process to show their true intentions and motives. He forces them to pick a side of the line to stand on. And they chose poorly.
Ultimatums are sometimes needed. This will not be their last confrontation Jesus and the Pharisees but it will be their last on neutral ground. And Jesus knew that before they spoke so his ultimatum was an attempt to show them their own frailty. Leprosy killed people slowly by all reason the man might be dead tomorrow this was not a time for technicalities and tradition. And just like the disease's numbing death their hearts were becoming dead. Dead to the fact that compared to God from who all healing come none are worthy even though all that are healed are counted as such.
These men knew what they wanted and so they left to fix this obstinate savior. Missing that he was the cure to their bent ways and crooked hearts.
So when you give an ultimatum like Jesus did, are you doing it for your sake, for others or for your opposition?
Here we see Jesus using one for all three.
Just something to chew on.