Wow! What a weekend! Did you get lots of rest? Renew your spirit? See a miracle? If not, that’s okay. Because renewing yourself can happen in an instant. It can happen as fast as a thought. I’d like to continue from last week on this journey of the more abundant life. Today, we’re going to combine the steps of last weeks blog posts, and discover HOW to bring the abundant life to pass in your life with one mighty step.
Please come with me to Mark 3; (KJV)
“And he (Jesus) entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.” vs. 1
Jesus went to the synagogue where a man was sitting hoping to get his need met. He was where the religious teachers and leaders are supposed to take care of those needs. He went to church on the sabbath.
“And they (the Pharisees) watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.” vs. 2
Did these so-called leaders care about the man with the withered hand? No. They only cared that they could accuse Jesus because he was working on a sabbath day.
“And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.” vs. 3
The man came to the synagogue knowing what was available. When Jesus Christ told him to stand forth, he then knew how to receive it. By doing so, he knew that he would also come under the same scrutiny that Jesus was under and yet he did it anyway, therefore his want and need were aligned and he recognized that God was as able as He was willing. But there was still one more step. One more that I’ve never covered in this context before. What was that step? Let’s read on.
“And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.” vs. 4
Why did they hold their peace? Did they care about the man with the withered hand. I think this establishes it firmly that they don’t. Jesus confronted their thoughts and intents of the heart perfectly. But there is still the question of the step the man was required to do. What was it?
“And when he had looked round about on them with (loving compassion? NO! Jesus looked on them with) anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.” vs. 5a
Some people think Christians have to be loving and never stand up for themselves. Was Jesus being loving to the man who needed deliverance? Were those religious leaders? Sometimes a man or woman of God has to take a stand against these kind of obstructions. So what did the man do to receive his miracle? Remember that the pressure back in those days was intense. If you did anything to tick off the religious leaders, you could be kicked out of the synagogue, which is also the place to worship, buy and sell goods and offer sacrifices to God. If you were kicked out of there you would be ostracized and most likely starve. This man with the withered man had to do one thing greater than all the fear or pressure was telling him to do. He had to believe. He had to believe in the promise of God. Against all odds!
“And he (the man, he took action) stretched [it] out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” vs. 5b
Believing is a verb. Believing is not sitting on your rear end hoping or wishing. It’s standing forth, separating yourself from the crowd and stretching out your hand towards that deliverance. Believing is action towards the promise land. What need do you have? I remember a time when we wanted to move out into a new place. Our home was cramped and it was time to move. We, my husband and I, decided to look for a new place. We couldn’t find anything. I heard this taught the next week and decided to believe with action and started packing up my house. Within a two week period we had found a perfect little spot for our lives to continue. It was everything we wanted on our list and the right price too.
The man with the withered hand did not receive his healing until he what? Yep, stretched forth his hand. Until he took action. He had to do his part. In every Biblical account in the Word of God where a miracle took place all the principles I pointed out in last week’s blogs were present including this one. Isn’t that amazing! Read them for yourself. When you do, you’ll be amazed!
God Bless You Today!!
Below are the earlier posts in this Abundant Life Series.