Daily Devotional – Hardness of the Heart

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November 5, 2019 by directorfsm

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And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might [a]accuse HimAnd He said to the man who had the withered hand, [b]“Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored [c]as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him. (NKJV) 

Otra vez entró Jesús en la sinagoga; y había allí un hombre que tenía seca una mano. Y le acechaban para ver si en el día de reposo[a] le sanaría, a fin de poder acusarleEntonces dijo al hombre que tenía la mano seca: Levántate y ponte en medio. Y les dijo: ¿Es lícito en los días de reposo[b] hacer bien, o hacer mal; salvar la vida, o quitarla? Pero ellos callaban. Entonces, mirándolos alrededor con enojo, entristecido por la dureza de sus corazones, dijo al hombre: Extiende tu mano. Y él la extendió, y la mano le fue restaurada sana. Y salidos los fariseos, tomaron consejo con los herodianos contra él para destruirle(RVR 1960)

 

I am going to suppose that at some point in our lives each one of us has been accused by someone else falsely. Sometimes it is just a misunderstanding, but many times like in the case with Jesus here in our text it is with malice and prejudice in their Hardened Hearts; let’s break it down.

  • CONTEXT: This whole scene actually began back in Mark 2:23-28 when Jesus and His disciples decide to cut across a grain field and pluck some of the grain to munch on. Of course the ever present and legalistic Pharisees call Him out on it v.24 “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”  Jesus of course responds graciously and moves on to the synagogue where our main text unfolds.

 

  • And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. Immediately upon entering Jesus notices a man with a withered hand. It was common practice to have the infirmed outside or just inside the synagogue where people could show mercy to them. 

 

  • So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. Note while giving a penny to one of these infirmed or a healing oil may have been okay, actually healing them the Pharisees considered WORK and therefore breaking the law of the Sabbath. So the laid in wait, just hoping Jesus would show such an act of kindness. 

 

  • And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward. Of course Jesus could care less about their plotting and wicked ways, He immediately call the man to Him. 

 

  • Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. Again, Jesus shows restraint (Far better than I could ever) in addressing the Pharisees directly He asks the question; ‘what is more lawful on the Sabbath good or evil?’ His implication is clear should I (you) pass up an opportunity to do good to your fellow man (thereby doing evil) just because it is the Sabbath? 

 

  • And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the otherNote here that Jesus was not without disgust for the actions of the Pharisees, He had looked around at them with anger while at the same time He was very saddened by the hardness of their hearts. Knowing they would continue to plot against Him Jesus healed the man. How many of us would do so without reservation or hesitation? 

 

  • Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him. One thing you can count on in the Gospels is the Pharisees and other ruling classes having very Hard Hearts. Think about it they had the light of the world standing right in front of them and yet they chose evil over good.

 

  • In conclusion, I know it was unavailable (N.T. Scripture but they had the O.T. and Jesus) to them; but today man is without excuse. John 3:19 (AMP) says This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the [a]darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. Do you know someone with a Hard Heart pray for them, encourage them and hope that someday you will see them in glory. 

 

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