Daily Word Of God
Jesus went into the synagogue, and there was a man present whose hand was withered. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath day, hoping for something to charge him with. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and stand in the middle!’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it permitted on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’ But they said nothing.
Then he looked angrily round at them, grieved to find them so obstinate, and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and began at once to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Whom do I identify within this passage? The man with the withered hand, the Pharisees and the Herodians or the crowd in the synagogue? Why?
- There are many people suffering in the world. Do I have a strong desire to do good and avoid evil, to save life and avoid destructive ways of living? How do I live out such desires?
- Is God challenging me to do more good and make a difference to the world and people around me? How can I do this? What ought I do?