Journey with Christ

Jesus Heals Man’s Withered Hand and Increases Faith (Journey 17)

We cover the next two parts of journey 17 of Jesus Christ, where He journeys from From Jerusalem to Galilee, perhaps Capernaum (85 miles), and then to the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Part 2: Jesus Heals the Man’s Withered Hand

We read in Mark 3:1-6; Matthew 12:9-14; Luke 6:6-11 – which Jesus makes many people marvel over the healing He came to provide.

If an animal fell into a pit on the Sabbath, the Jews would not hesitate to rescue it on the Sabbath; and yet, they accuse Jesus of healing someone on the Sabbath. No rules for the Sabbath have been listed for a person to keep the Sabbath holy; therefore, it is always right to do good things for people on the Sabbath, for it brings honor to God.

Saving life is much better than killing, and therefore, in this case, Jesus was helping to save a man’s life by helping with his withered hand. The Pharisees, however, couldn’t care less about “His Works,” and therefore, looked for ways to kill Him. Jesus left, though, to continue on His Work elsewhere.

This man’s hand that was restored is similar to what we saw in 1 Kings 13:6, where the king’s hand was restored by the “man of God.”

What can we learn from this?

Help those that cannot help themselves, as Jesus did for the man with the withered hand, especially when their circumstances are out of their control (just as the man with the withered hand, and the king with the withered hand). Let those with a hard heart come to Christ as He looks at the root of bitterness and can help remove the trouble for healing to flood in.

Part 3: Jesus Heals Great Multitudes by the Sea of Galilee

We are seeing Jesus at Galilee again doing phenomenal work in healing and increasing people’s faith. We read about this in Mark 3:7-12; Matthew 12:15-21.

Jesus quickly withdraws to work elsewhere, to which, this is further fulfillment of the Prophecy that Jesus would take the Gospel to all people. He never tried to be great, as He never hurt those who sorrowed, neither did He turn away those who had weak faith (even the weakest faith He didn’t turn away).

=> He knew it would increase what weak faith people had if He did things that would only increase it! He continued to heal people of so many infirmities and unclean spirits.

What can we learn from this?

Christ received people so often, and we need to receive people similarly by laying aside anger and debating, so that they may be encouraged and receive gracious kindness. If we are unable to show people encouragement or gracious kindness, we should ask for it from the Lord so that we may take after His Example.

What can we look forward to in Journey 18?

The Twelve Disciples are chosen. Don’t miss it!

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