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“What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?”~~Jesus

It was the Sabbath. The religious leaders of the day are watching Jesus. Will he heal the man with the crippled hand? They just knew he would and then they could condemn him for breaking the Law. They were excited for the wrong reason.

Jesus knows how to handle this. He won’t be trapped. He stops, looks them in the eye and asks “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” It is silent. Perhaps for a long time because Jesus is waiting on an answer. He didn’t ask it rhetorically.He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. Jesus got angry. Very angry. Furious.

He wanted someone to speak up. No one did.

Getting no answer, He did the right thing. He healed the man. The religious leaders got out of there fast. No after service meet and greet today.

“What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?”~~Jesus (Mark 3:4 The Message)
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  1. Ann
    February 28, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I was just reading this passage last night and something that stood out to me was that Jesus was angry. Before this the only passage that came to mind about Him being angry was in regards to the money-changers in the temple. Lots to ponder… 🙂

    • March 1, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Indeed. He did get angry and usually with the religious leaders.

      Have a blessed day. God is with you.

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