Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
We arrived at the synagogue with the Pharisees still following us. They left us to go to another group of Pharisees who were whispering among themselves. I noticed Jesus glance at a man off to the side who was favoring one hand. Hurt?
One of the Pharisees called out, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
There is an ongoing debate among the teachers on if medical treatments were allowable in non-crisis situations on the Sabbath. Is it work? Can it wait? If it is work then it’s sinful to work on the Sabbath.
Jesus beckoned the man with his hand tucked away to the center of the room. “Stand up in front of everyone.”
It was drawn up and shriveled.
He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?”
Silence met him.
Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?”
They just stared at him. Jesus glared at them, muttering about their hardened, stubborn hearts. He looked at the man, eyes softening with compassion, then flashing in righteous indignation when he looked at the Pharisees again.
“How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Turning to face the man, he said, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
Thomas chuckled a little, whispering, “How clever, technically he didn’t do any physical work.”
Once again Jesus had put people before tradition, I thought to myself as the Pharisees stormed out. Jesus didn’t seem to notice as he was talking to the newly healed man.
Matthew 12:9-14/Mark 3:1-6