Talks for Growing Christians
Healing the Man with the Withered Hand
Lesson Number 11
- Anger is not necessarily a sin.
- Obedience is evidence of faith.
- Let's not do evil by refusing to do good.
- Don't be surprised if opposing forces unite against you.
- Is it possible that the man with the withered hand was "planted?"
- What kind of hearts did the Pharisees have?
- Who were the Herodians?
- Why did the Pharisees and Herodians counsel together?
- Was Jesus Christ ever angry?
- Isn't anger sin? Are there limits to being angry?
- How did the man with the withered hand evidence his faith?
- The man could have been brought by the religious leaders to see if Jesus would "work" on the Sabbath (Mark 3:2). The Pharisees watched, just like they watched before (Mark 2:23-24), that they might accuse Jesus of breaking the Sabbath law.
- Hardened and calloused. See Mark 3:5.
- They supported Herod, the son of Herod Antipas. The Herods ruled in the Galilee area, whereas Pontius Pilate was the ruler in Judea.
- The Herodians feared political unsettling because of Jesus; the Pharisees were challenged by Him in religious matters. The enemies of each other became co-conspirators to be rid of Christ.
- "Christ looked on them in anger" (Mark 3:5). This is the only unquestioned and explicit account of Christ's anger, although it was implied at other times (e.g., cleansing the temple).
- Anger can be a proper emotional response when it involves degrading God. Why was Jesus angry? Because of the unbelievable hardness of men's hearts. "Be angry, and sin not" (Ephesians 4:26). Anger need not be a loss of temper or a fit of rage. It can be non-malicious indignation for the right reasons, and it can be controlled to bring right to a wrong.
- He obeyed what Christ told him to do, and because of obedience, his hand was restored. See Mark 3:3-5.
- Recall an Old Testament person who gave evidence of faith by his/her obedience.
- "Don't taint a saint." When believers criticize you, even to forming a coalition against you, how do you respond? By name-calling or degrading them? Or do you let the Lord handle the situation?
- Check your anger by asking, "Is it a righteous anger?" "Is it controlled anger?" Check your obedience to Christ (How well do you know God's commands? How quickly do you obey? What is your attitude toward obedience?)
- "Jesus said, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (Mark 2:27-28)