by Christina Farris
9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; When you make the mob angry it time to pray. It not time to pray when their attack in full swing it time to obey the Spirit. Jesus would heal a man with a wither hand and leave the mob angry and upset with question is it better to restore and make one whole or destroy one's life. If In I John we are not to hate our brother, then how can we desire ill will on someone. Imagine getting angry not for something done good but for something evil, it far different. No it still anger and it still for what to cause harm and not to save a life. It the human emotion of anger that causes us all to wonder how do we control that emotion that wishes destruction on someone we might love. Emotions are often short lived and nothing meant by it. It the first reaction to a problem, and sometimes the least controllable. Yet this situation in scripture only meant to help another to be whole and it anger the mob. This event took place before Jesus had even called his disciples.
This event is a good place to start with seeing Jesus going off to talk to his Father(God) on the mountain. Taking time to pray when the crowd could not be happy for someone that was made whole. The doctrines of law was more important then love and compassion on another human being. Jesus went off to pray, perhaps to tell his Father about these people who were anger, maybe his own anger at their reaction, or maybe he just prayed for those he was ministrying too, scripture doesn't talk about these discourse Jesus had with God the Father until in the garden before he was betrayed. Besides the trip in the wilderness where Jesus is tempted, He is often seen praying alone. How much more in times of others' reactions of good things we do to honor God should we not take time to pray, to go to our mountain or garden. To go to our prayer closets and seek God and not our own emotion to the reaction of the crowd.
None of us do this well. None of us go to the mountain to pray immediately when opposition hits, if we did maybe our lives would not feel like chaos and strong emotion. Maybe less arguing and more patience would occur in our life. Maybe more ideas of how to combat the enemy in these times with our own questions of their own hypocrisy to the situation. We see Jesus dealing with the religious leaders and crowd concerning the jewish law then of Roman law, why? It is simpe because the religious law had become a task master with no human compassion of love instead of a guide to healthy living with God and one's neighbor. It the ideology you do this because God will bless you by your obedience to the law rather the law of love and compassion. It seems contradiction to the insurrection in the temple where the money changers tables got turn over because it dishonored God and made the temple unholy. Did healing on the Sabbath day dishonor God in anyway. Was it act of good, was there any work involved in the healing besides stretching forth of a hand. What a glorious day to be healed by God's presence in the temple on his day of rest, even though unseen but through his Son physical appearance that day.
Are we to blind to understand that healing is a blessing from God, and the work Jesus was doing was of God, no, but the religious leaders were blinded by their laws, that representing loving God first and others second. Jesus did both. He went off to pray about these issues to God, perhaps how to teach on these issues, for our benefit of how we need to prayer and seek God for the solutions of dealing with these people that rather kill or destroy you in some way instead of help in the ministry. Jesus would then come off the mountain and ordain 12 men to be his disciples to help with his work. These people were called outside the temple, because those inside the temple were to blinded by the laws to see the law of love within their law.
God wants to put people around you to aid you not harm you, to strengthen you in times of thirst, and need of meat and bread. Can you not see these disciples concern for Jesus through out his ministry on earth. Taking care of those needs, and Christ doing likewise for them. Let us pray for God's aid in ministry and seek him in times when the mob anger is one of hate instead of to rejoice for the good deeds and prayers answered by God in forms of healing, deliverance and restoring one to faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, give us the hope of faith, the hope of love and peace. Give us the strength to be people of compassion even during times of opposition of the crowd. Help us to always go away and pray on the mountain or prayer closet to seek your for aid in ministry, and the work you have called us too. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Psalm 35:14-28 KJV
14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.