Today’s Reading

Mark 3:1-19

And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.

And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

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.

And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,

And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

And Simon he surnamed Peter;

And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,

And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.

Stubborn Hearts

Why did Jesus become angry with the Pharisees (vs5)? In what way did they demonstrate this attitude in the account that Mark records for us? Jesus performed a miracle right before their eyes, and instead of seeing it for what it was, they saw it as a violation of the law. Unbelievable! They were so stubborn, they were willing to join forces with the terrorists of their day, the Herodians, who were willing to murder people in order to overthrow Rome. These Pharisees missed an exciting miracle because their stubborn hearts would not allow them to see it. How blind they were to the needs of hurting people, and yet so focused on “getting” Jesus. Christ chose to meet the needs of people even if it violated other people’s religious traditions and customs. In what way do you demonstrate a stubborn unbelieving heart? Is there someone in your world who has experienced a miracle, but your focus is only on what was wrong with it or why he didn’t deserve it? Do you look beyond the circumstances to see hurting people? Could God be angry with you? If you see signs of a stubborn heart, begin to change it today.

Today’s Questions

Say What?

Observation: What do I see?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean?

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do?