Day 4 Of 40 (Mark 3:1-6)

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Welcome to 40 days with Christ day 4 A nbsp daily scripture based nbsp word of encouragement from the life of our Lord Jesus We re just getting started and already you ve hit the 10 mark nbsp Hang in there the full 40 days and we nbsp will nbsp send nbsp you a congratulatory certificate of completion Let s start with the word of Prayer Dear Father in heaven Help us to come to scripture today looking for Your truth Please make us willing to listen nbsp to hear to understand and most importantly to accept your teachings from scripture The entire world was created at Your command We know that you are the source of all truth We pray this in Jesus name Amen SCRIPTURE READING nbsp Mark 3 1-6 New International Version Another time nbsp Jesus went into the synagogue and a man with a shriveled hand was there Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath nbsp Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand Stand up in front of everyone Then Jesus asked them Which is lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil to save life or to kill But they remained silent He looked around at them in anger and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts said to the man Stretch out your hand He stretched it out and his hand was completely restored Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus DISCUSSION It s funny how our nbsp predisposed attitudes often color how we perceive things nbsp For example nbsp scripture tells us there were some there that day just looking for a reason to accuse Jesus that Sabbath day What did they see nbsp when Jesus healed a man with a shriveled hand nbsp An act of mercy nbsp An nbsp act nbsp of nbsp loving-kindness nbsp No nbsp They saw what they believed to be a violation of a law requiring rest For no work was to be done on the Sabbath nbsp As if it was any more nbsp work nbsp for Jesus to heal a shriveled hand that to nbsp speak to a crowd nbsp nbsp Their misunderstanding nbsp deeply distressed Jesus who went ahead and did the right thing nbsp Jesus met the need of that suffering man on the Sabbath nbsp And those looking for a reason to accuse Jesus were nbsp granted their wish that day CLOSING PRAYER Dear nbsp Father in heaven Help us to seek the truth May we always place the teachings nbsp of your son Jesus above our own expectations above our Traditions nbsp above even what we currently believe Help us to approach Jesus with an open heart and an open mind Teach nbsp us nbsp the truth Lord We thank you in advance for helping us to find that for which we seek In Jesus name nbsp we pray AMEN Thanks for sharing some of your day with me today Take care and Lord willing I ll see you tomorrow for day 5 nbsp of our ongoing series 40 days with Christ New International Version NIV Holy Bible New International Version NIV Copyright 1973 1978 1984 2011 by Biblica Inc Used by permission All rights reserved worldwide Click here to visit this podcast episode