Posts Tagged ‘Jesus heals on the Sabbath’

Luke 13:10-17 He ALWAYS Sees Our Needs

He called her to Himself

He looked for her!

I love coming across new stories! This is another story that is only shared by Luke. I love the familiar ones too, but find it harder to write something new each time we encounter them. God doesn’t run out of insight to share though, no matter how many times we read His word.

This story’s theme is similar to others we have encountered. But there is a subtle difference here I want to focus on. In our story today a woman was healed on the Sabbath day. This always gets the Pharisees up in arms and Jesus never fails to put them straight. We saw this reaction in the story of the man with the withered hand too from Mark 3 and Matthew 12. When we read John’s gospel we will encounter another story of Jesus healing on the Sabbath. Jesus’ love for those in need did NOT depend on convenience! Read more »

Luke 6:6-11 Come Stand Over Here

Take My hand. We'll do it together.

Take My hand. We’ll do it together.

Luke shares another Sabbath day story with us today. In Matthew the story from yesterday and today appeared to happen on the same day. Luke breaks them up into two different days. Luke isn’t concerned with chronology in his accounts, just the incidents.

I would like to look at the man who received his healing in this story. He did several noteworthy things. Jesus did the work, but because of the man’s willingness to follow Jesus’ instructions, he was able to receive what Jesus had for him.

When Jesus came into the synagogue He knew the scribes and Pharisees were laying a trap for Him. He started out His day in the synagogue like any other Sabbath day. He read and taught the people the truths contained in the reading. I wonder what it was He taught on that day. Did it have anything to do with healing, faith, or God’s provision for the hurting people? We won’t know until we ask in person because both writers who shared this story were not prompted to share that detail. Read more »

Mark 3:1-5 A Withered Hand Reaches For Jesus

He is reaching for you!

We have another familiar story today that we are going to look at. Jesus and His disciples have completed their Sabbath journey and are now in the synagogue. Jesus is becoming a fixture in the synagogues on the Sabbath, when the crowds are small enough He can actually enter the cities. Capernaum is one of the cities He enters regularly. I believe that is the city where we join Jesus today.

Anyone who has been following Jesus’ exploits knows that if He is in the city on the Sabbath He is sure to make an appearance in the synagogue. So, if you need Jesus’ help, make sure to be where Jesus is. And what could be easier or more innocent than going to the synagogue on the Sabbath? We are going to name the man we meet in the synagogue today James. James is a quiet man and hates to draw attention to himself, especially with his deformity. James seldom goes out in public since the night IT happened. Read more »

Matthew 12:9-14 Jesus Heals the Man with the Withered Hand on the Sabbath

Willie Coyote after being blown up

His traps never worked either

We are continuing the Sabbath day’s journey with Jesus, His disciples, and the judgmental Pharisee group. Jesus was apparently on His way to the Synagogue when He and His disciples were walking by the grain field. The Pharisees were still spoiling for a fight as they tagged along.

The first thing recorded by Matthew after Jesus entered the synagogue is the fact that there is a man with a withered hand in attendance that day. Did Jesus notice the man first or did the Pharisees pull him from the crowd in order to bait Jesus? Had Jesus identified the man and stepped near him to address his need? Did the man approach Jesus or one of His disciples for healing? What were His disciples doing during this time? We are told straight up that the Pharisees question about healing this man was devised to find some reason to accuse Jesus of wrong doing. They didn’t like Jesus one bit and would use any excuse to get rid of Him, permanently!  Read more »