On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there. And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” And after looking around at them all he said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus. Luke 6:6-11
The Pharisees had a pretty good thing going. They interpreted and defined the law for all of the Jewish people. In doing so they had surrounded God’s Law with so many manmade rules that the Jews were really following man’s laws rather than God’s. As we saw last time the Pharisees had so defined work as to virtually eliminate any type of physical activity. As we see today they may even wanted to eliminate even no physical activity. We do not know how much healing by Jesus required physical exertion but I imagine not much.
From the descriptions it appears that Jesus for lack of a better term, willed healing and it happened. Sometimes Jesus would touch the person and one time He made mud to spread on a blind man’s eyes but as in today’s verse it appears Jesus did nothing more than command the man to stretch out his hand and be healed. Maybe it was this stretching the Pharisees objected to?
Whatever reason they objected to the Sabbath healing we see today that they were now convinced that something had to be done with this Jesus. He was upsetting the status quo and those in power never like that to happen. They had a good thing going. All the people looked up to them and the Romans allowed them to remain in power so long as order was maintained. They got the good seats at the synagogues and I imagine the best tables at the best restaurants. They sat at the honored place at functions. Life was good and it was good to be a Pharisee.
Now comes Jesus with His different teachings and new ways of interpreting God’s Word. He heals people and has a growing following. Jesus is stepping on their turf. People are starting to realize that there is a better way to worship and relate to God. Neither the priests or the Pharisees are comfortable with this new order. So they start to plan on what to do with this new rabbi that claims to be from God and has made claims that He is indeed God.
Even today people have a hard time believing that this man Jesus is God. They want Him to be a great moral teacher. They are ok with Him being a revolutionary but God? That they cannot wrap their minds around. He can be God or He can be man but not both. Yet that is exactly what Jesus claimed and the New Testament proclaims Jesus is fully man and fully God. God with us. Maybe I cannot fully understand or explain it to you but that does not make it false. The evidence for Jesus claim to divinity is there for all to see. All one need do is have a mind open to the possibility and they can obtain the gift of eternal life.
Have a blessed day,