The Jesus Tree–Day Twenty-Six

Today’s reading focused on Jesus healing the man with the withered hand. We read all three accounts: Matthew 12:9-13, Mark 3:1-5, and Luke 6:6-10. This is a fairly short story, and perhaps not as “exciting” as some of Jesus’s other miracles, but the really important message here comes from His conversation with the Pharisees. They tried to trap Jesus, by forcing Him to admit that He was doing unlawful work on the Sabbath, by healing the man’s hand. He turned it around on them, though, and pointed out to them that they would rescue an animal that had been trapped, without worrying about the Sabbath. He then ended by reminding them that it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.

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