Healing on the Sabbath
Verse 1 – And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
Verse 2 – And they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.
The scribes and the Pharisees also followed Jesus, but for the wrong reasons. Here again is where they do not understand the laws about working on the Sabbath.
Verse 3 – Then He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”
Verse 4 – And He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
Verse 5 – So when He looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
Mark alone mentions Jesus anger. Anger itself is not wrong. It depends on what makes us angry and then what we do with that anger. When people find themselves getting angry over not getting their own way – watch out! Jealousy and envy can trigger angry also and easily develop into rage. Jesus was angry and sorrowful at the same time, because the scribes and Pharisees had rejected Him. When people reject who Jesus says He is, they are walking on very dangerous ground.
Verse 6 – Then the Pharisees went out immediately plotted with Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Usually when someone wants to destroy another, they start with their reputation by discrediting what they say. They want people to think they are a liar. They kept getting angrier and angrier because they couldn’t prove Jesus wasn’t who the scriptures said He was. They didn’t want Him to heal, raise the dead, or teach. But every time they confronted Him, He proved them wrong.
Verse 7 – But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea
Verse 8 – and from Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan: those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing came to Him.
Many followed Jesus for a verity of reasons, just like today. Can there be more than one reason? Sure, there can, but think about what started you to follow Him in the first place. I started with, “Because He saved me.”
Verse 9 – And He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they crush Him.
Verse 10 – For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed against Him to touch Him.
Verse 11 – And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”
Verse 12 – But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.
There will be those who say, “I know who God is,” but very rarely will they mention the name of Jesus. Just knowing who God or Jesus is, is not a guarantee of salvation, because even the demons recognize Him. There has to be an exchange, our sin for His grace.
Verse 13 – And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.
Verse 14 – Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,
Verse 15 – and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:
Jesus had hundreds of followers, but He saw something special in these twelve. It wasn’t because of their faith, because their faith often faltered. It was because they all had one characteristic in common, their willingness to obey Jesus. Following Jesus and being a good disciple is a matter of heaving a willing heart.
Verse 16 – Simon to whom He gave the name Peter;
Verse 17 – James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges that is, “Sons of Thunder”;
Verse 18 – Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite;
Verse 19 – and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.
Verse 20 – And the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Verse 21 – But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.”
Is it not our own families that have a hard time once we become a follower of Christ? Our own families are the hardest to tell what Jesus has done in our lives too. Why do you think that is? I think its because they know our past and they find it hard to believe that a person can change because of the Gospel. Jesus family thought He had gone crazy. Don’t give up when your own family rejects you, it’s not you they reject, but whom you represent.
Verse 22 – And the scribes who came down form Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”
The scribes and the Pharisees didn’t deny Jesus power, but they accredited it to Satan.
Verse 23 – So He called to Him and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan?
Verse 24 – “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Verse 25 – “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Verse 26 – “And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.
Verse 27 – “No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.
Verse 28 – “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;
Verse 29 – “but he who blasphemies against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation –
Verse 30 – because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
People have no idea how serious it is to give the credit of Jesus work to Satan. Satan will not cast his demons out of someone, only God can do that through His Spirit. These scribes and Pharisees just damned their souls to an eternal hell.
Verse 31 – Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him.
Verse 32 – And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.”
I believe the Bible means exactly what it says in regard to Jesus having brothers and sisters. There are some denominations that say that Mary only had Jesus, this is not true.
Verse 33 – But He answered them saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?”
Verse 34 – And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
Verse 35 – “For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.
And there is our answer to which we show higher regard. Was Jesus telling us that it was alright to neglect the needs of our immediate family? No, because one of God’s commandments is to honor thy father and mother. He simply meant we can have brothers and sisters in Him that will become our family when we believe in Him and do the will of the Father.