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Lesson # Mark 3:1-4
Study Material - Mark 3:1-4
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1 And [kai] he entered [eiserchomai] again [palin] into [eis] the synagogue [sunagoge] ; and [kai] there was [en] a man [anthropos] there [ekei] which had [echo] a withered [xeraino] hand [cheir] .
2 And [kai] they watched [paratereo] him [autos] , whether [ei] he would heal [therapeuo] him [autos] on the sabbath day [sabbaton] ; that [hina] they might accuse [kategoreo] him [autos] .
3 And [kai] he saith [lego] unto the man [anthropos] which had [echo] the withered [xeraino] hand [cheir] , Stand [egeiro] forth [eis] [mesos] .
4 And [kai] he saith [lego] unto them [autos] , Is it lawful [exesti] to do good [agathopoieo] on the sabbath days [sabbaton] , or [e] to do evil [kakopoieo] ? to save [sozo] life [psuche] , or [e] to kill [apokteino] ? But [de] they held their peace [siopao] . KJV-Interlinear
1 And He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Rise and come forward!' 4 And He said to them, 'Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save a life or to kill?' But they kept silent. NAS
Just a quick note here. I discovered a KJV- Interlinear Bible with the Strongs translated original words imbedded within the lines and thought I would add that reference to the daily study. I'll continue to list he NAS reference as we have been using that version throughout this Bible study.
Dishonest people have only harm on their minds. here they observe as a lion lying in wait for its prey. Watching to see what move the victim will make. To see what opening the lion might take advantage of in order to gain victory over the victim, at the expense and peril of the victim.
The observers are the self righteous scribe and Pharisee group who has been observing Jesus and His work, not for the purpose of learning, not for the purpose of gaining an understanding of life, but for the purpose of finding some means (publicly or socially acceptable) of eliminating Him.
The man's hand was diseased. It was handicapped in such a manner that manual labor would have prevented him from earning a living and forcing him to beg for help.
Luke 6 states that this was the right hand. Matt. 12 states that the Pharisees asked the first question, 'is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?'
Jesus reverses the question here and in response to their question, puts back to them, 'is it proper to do good or harm on the Sabbath?'
The law of work applies to mans efforts to define his own destiny without God in his life. Adam was evicted from the Garden. Toil was his reward. Now the law of charity goes into effect. Charity was not needed in the Garden, but is now necessary because man is not capable of taking care of himself. Furthermore, man chains himself up with superficial rules such that the rules become more important than human life itself.
This is where environmentalists fanatics go too far. Nothing wrong with being responsible in taking care of ones living space and being kind to animals and such, but there is a line to where human concerns outweigh environment concerns, and those who lack Bible doctrine in their souls do not know where that line is. When one becomes rigid and against human charity when there is a means of helping human concerns, then that person is truly evil in their function in life.
Jesus has a handicapped man standing in front of Him. The handicap was not life threatening and certainly aid to him could have waited until the next day. But who in need, should be expected to wait when help is immediately available now?
It is always right to do good. Good knows no boundaries, knows no limits. Harm knows only boundaries, man made rules that prevent good for no real reason. To refuse good, when one is capable of it, is to do harm. To perpetuate harm, when there is no clear reason, is evil.
These Pharisees perpetuate their inconsistencies and hypocrisy in their plotting to do harm to Jesus. Not only do they withhold good from the man in need, but they actually will plot destruction against Christ on this same Sabbath day.
Jesus merely speaks a word to heal the man. That man will merely lift his hand. To accuse these actions as work (thinking, speaking, lifting ones arm) is totally absurd. Wouldn't everyone be guilty of work just by breathing?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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