Good evening everyone.
Last week we finished chapter two.
The last section of chapter two showed us the scene when the Pharisees accused the Lord Jesus Christ of violating the law on the sabbath day.
We also looked at the scripture concerning the sabbath day.
It was the law given to Moses and applied to the nation of Israel.
God instituted the sabbath as a day of rest for the nation of Israel.
The sabbath day requires that they shall not do any works.
The Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples were at the cornfield.
The disciples pluck the ears of corn.
They ate it.
The Pharisees have gone too far to say that eating the ears of corn is equal to work.
At the end of chapter two, the Lord Jesus Christ repeated His deity, saying that He was God and also the Lord of the sabbath.
We will move on to chapter three tonight.
You will see the healing ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ to a man who had a withered hand.
We will begin with verse 1 tonight.
Mark 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
We see the word “synagogue.”
What is a synagogue?
Synagogues were a public assembly of persons.
It was not only for religious purposes but also the legal and cultural activity.
The scripture shows us that the Lord Jesus Christ often spoke in the synagogue [Matthew 4:23, Matthew 13:54, Mark 6:2].
Synagogue was used as a court [Matthew 10:17, Acts 22:19, Acts 26:11, John 9:22, John 12:42, John 16:2].
The apostles used the synagogue to preach the gospel to the Jews [Acts 13:5, Acts 14:1].
The synagogue for the Jews during the time of the Lord Jesus Christ is just like a small local church in our time.
There was a man who had a withered hand at that synagogue.
Mark 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
Again, we see the Pharisees were present at the synagogue.
As you know, these are religious people back in those days.
They know the law of Moses well.
They are educated.
This scripture reveals the heart condition of these Pharisees.
They had no compassion at all to the man who had a withered hand.
They did not want to see him get well.
They knew in their heart that the Lord Jesus Christ would heal that man.
All they cared about was to accuse the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us move to the next verse.
Mark 3:3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
The Lord Jesus Christ told that man to come forward.
That man obeyed.
This passage shows us how salvation works.
People need to realize that they are sick spiritually.
The sickness of sin will cause them to die and be burned in hell.
People need to know that they are a sinner, and they cannot save themselves.
They need a spiritual and powerful doctor.
No normal doctor in this world can heal the sickness of sin but one.
The Lord Jesus Christ.
People need to do what the Lord tells them to do.
In the physical world, when we are not feeling well, we will go to the doctor.
He will write something on a piece of paper.
I tried to read it once.
The doctor’s handwriting is hard to read!
I had no idea what medicine he prescribed for me.
After all, he is a doctor, and he knows what he is doing.
He is professionally trained.
The doctor told me to take the medicine three times a day after meal for seven days.
I believed what he said.
I did just like what he told me to do.
I took the pill three times a day after meals.
My sickness was healed.
The same principle applies for the spiritual world.
You are a sinner.
Sin is killing you.
You will die, and your soul will go to hell.
You need a spiritual doctor, the Lord Jesus Christ.
You come to Him.
He tells you how to get saved.
You must believe on Him in your heart by faith that He died for your sin at the cross, and that He was buried and rose again the third day.
Then your soul will get saved [Acts 16:31].
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
We will move on to verse 4.
Mark 3:4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
The Lord Jesus Christ asked the Pharisees with a question.
…Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days.
… or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?
The Lord Jesus Christ knew the heart condition of these Pharisees.
The scripture tells us that they did not answer Him.
Let us move on to verse 5.
Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
The Lord Jesus Christ looked at these Pharisees with anger.
These Pharisees did not even know that they were lost.
They thought they were righteous on their merit.
The Lord Jesus Christ would like to save these Pharisees too, but they would not let Him do so.
That is why He was grieved for the hardness of their hearts.
Also, in this passage, you will see the act of faith of a man who had a withered hand.
The Lord told him to
… Stretch forth thine hand.
The man obeyed and did what He told him to do.
… And he stretched it out:
What is the result of his faith?
…and his hand was restored whole as the other.
God would like to save the souls of everyone.
He does not want anyone to perish, be burned in hell, and eventually cast into the lake of fire.
God has done what He can to save us.
He came to this world Himself.
He died on the cross, shed His blood to pay for the sin of the whole world.
He rose from the dead on the third day for our justification.
Trust God’s word and do what He tells you to do.
Let us read the next verse.
You will see the reaction of these Pharisees.
Mark 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
They did not even praise God for the miraculous work that the Lord Jesus Christ just did.
They went to the Herodians.
These are those who worked with the Romans.
These Pharisees started a plot to destroy the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you are doing the work of God, be ready to face the opposition.
Opposition will come.
It should not surprise you.
It should not discourage you.
If the Lord also faced with the opposition, we, as the local New Testament church, are not exempt from it.
We must continue to do the right thing.
We will stop here tonight.
Next time we will see the Lord Jesus Christ called the twelve apostles.