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Mark 3:1-12 – Jesus’ Anger – Meditative Musing for Nov 23

…He looked around at them with anger…. – Mark 3:5

We seldom think of Jesus being angry. Yet, this text plainly says He was angry. What caused His anger?

A man in the synagogue had a withered hand. Some there were watching Jesus to see if He would heal the man on the Sabbath. Jesus asked a simple question: Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath? Or to do harm? To save life? Or to kill?

Those watching Him had no response – and Jesus looked at them with anger.

He healed the man so his hand was restored. Those with whom Jesus was angry went out and began to plot how to destroy Him. Jesus went on with His work of teaching and healing. His anger did not cause Him to sin, unlike ours sometimes does.

How sad when people allow obsession with tradition keep them from acts of common decency! How can it be against God’s Law to do good?

Yet, sometimes we make it so. Are there ways in which we, as the Pharisees did, make it unlawful to do good? In my life time I have seen churches split because some thought that some ways of “doing good” were unlawful. How sad! When Paul listed the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23-24), he closed by saying, “…against such things there is no law.” Do we sometimes make laws where God has made none?

The Pharisees did. Do we?

What do you think?


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