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Jesus Confronts Hypocritical Legalism

Jesus Confronts Hypocritical Legalism

Mark 3:1-6

Heals man w/ withered hand – recorded in 3 gospels
Mt 12, Lk 6
Follows confrontation over eating grain on Sabbath

I. Tradition Over Truth
A. Jewish teachings on Sabbath
1. Ex 35:2–3 “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3“You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day.”
a. Talmud – 24 chapters of Sabbath laws
2. 1,999 steps or 3,000 feet
3. Carry nothing heavier than dried fig
4. Tailor can’t carry needle, nor scribe his pen
5. Only use enough ink for 2 letters, not words
B. Ho 6:6 For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
1. Personal bias can keep someone from understanding word
2. Tradition blinded them to truth
C. Hypocrisy
1. Mt 12:11–12 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? 12“How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

II. Control People Before Helping People
A. Meeting people’s needs
1. Mk 3:4 And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
B. Looking for the sick, infirm, broken
1. Not interested in the content, self-satisfied
2. Mk 2:17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
C. Importance of people
1. Mt 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
D. Disregard for people makes Jesus angry
1. Eph 4:29–32 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
2. No day or task is too holy to help people

III. Religion Is Where People Interact With God
A. Jesus addresses real problems
1. Not just for those who are not too bad
B. Must be willing – stretch forth your hand
1. Right hand – most important one
a. Left hand considered unclean
b. Right hand for eating, working, greeting
c. Likely very poor – unable to work efficiently
2. Showed up – didn’t shy away in back alleys
3. Some don’t want to be saved
a. Excuse not to work, drink, avoid work
C. Mk 2:27–28 Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28“So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
1. He is our rest, our rejuvenation
2. Sabbath is for people, Jesus is for people

Mark 3:1–6
1 He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered.
2 They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.
3 He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!”
4 And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
5 After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
6 The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

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