Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Matthew 12:9-14

In keeping with the theme of evidence...
Matthew 12:9 Departing from there, He (Jesus) went into their synagogue. v10 And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they (pharisees) questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” — so that they might accuse Him. v11 And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? v12 “How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” v13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other. v14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.
Note the response of the pharisees who just saw a miracle. Odd. Very odd. The pharisees were more interested in maintaining their political power (under Roman aegis, to be sure) and following their rules (as opposed to the Law) than they were in the Truth. No amount of evidence is good enough for someone who refuses to "get it."

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