Jesus looked around at them in anger,deeply hurt because of their hard hearts.

Dale A. Arnold

Jesus looked around at them in anger,deeply hurt because of their hard hearts.
Thursday, October 01, 2015

Just where are you going with this quote from scripture? You may be asking yourself. Well let's just set the stage shall we. Ok so the religious orders of Jesus's day were trying to set him up. Here is Jesus speaking at a synagogue. And lo and behold there just happened to be a man with a deformity at the synagogue that very day. What they wanted was to catch Jesus healing on the sabbath. But just stop and think about that for a sec.

It wasn't that they were trying to show him up as a fake. They pretty much didn't question the healing Jesus performed. They may have question his source. " But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons." These men were so caught up in the letter of the law. They didn't see the suffering of this man or the people and neither did they care. They were so focused on enforcement of the letter of the law they missed the spirit "meaning" of the law. Jesus once told them and I believed he insulted them went he said this to them"  But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Wow just look at the first part. Remember these men are very learned men steeped in the book of Moses.  They knew every law written in Moses's law. They studied it every day. And for him tell these men to "go and learn what this means". Was he mocking them? Or was he dismissing them? Whatever he was doing it enraged them!

But their plan didn't work. Jesus wasn't stupid. He knew what they were up to. So he turned it on them and in true rabbinic form, he asked them one question before he healed the poor man." Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent. He put them in a bind! If they say it's lawful to do good or to save a life ,which is logical.

What grounds will they have to accuse him? He is doing good, saving a life. While waiting for their answer.He " looked around at them with anger". Why was he angry? Cause their hearts were hard. Hard with Moses's law. They had no compassion for anyone. Even though they knew the law and studied and argued it. This is why Jesus said of them " "They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger." These are the people unwilling to listen to a person's pain and suffering. They just throw scripture at folks. How would throwing scripture or catching Jesus "breaking" the sabbath, going to help that man? And then berate Jesus for "breaking" the law. Nevermind the man has been made whole. NO THE LAW THE LAW THE LAW! Jesus "broke" many laws. why? Cause he understood this"    'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'