31 A man with a shriveled hand is healed on the Sabbath.

Deuteronomy 22:4; Matthew 12:9–14; Mark 3:1–6; Luke 6:6–11

Afflictions were generally regarded as signs of God’s disfavor because of sin, which could exclude people from being accepted in the synagogue. Why do you think the man with a crippled hand was there (Mark 3:1)?

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Why were the Pharisees so bothered by Jesus healing someone on the Sabbath, especially in the synagogue (Mark 3:2)?

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If the Pharisees already knew that Jesus had healed people on the Sabbath and said it was okay to do so, why did they ask him if it was lawful (Matthew 12:10)?

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At other times, Jesus refused to give people the miracle they asked for. Why did he accept the challenge this time (Luke 6:8)?

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What would have been the “evil” if Jesus had not done what he did (Luke 6:9)?

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Why did the people not answer Jesus’ question (Mark 3:4)?

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What made “sheep in distress” a good guide for decisions we make (Matthew 12:11–12)?

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What was the nature of Jesus’ anger toward the objecting Pharisees (Mark 3:5)?

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Why did Jesus speak to the man rather than give a healing touch (Luke 6:10)?

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What emotions were present in those who saw the man’s hand transformed (Matthew 12:14)?

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Why would Herod’s supporters be complicit in a plot to kill Jesus (Mark 3:6)?

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On another Sabbath, Jesus taught in the synagogue. A man with a crippled hand was there.

Eyewitness

Matthew 12:9–10 Jesus left and entered the synagogue, where there was a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they said, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
Mark 3:1 Jesus entered the synagogue, where there was a man with a crippled hand.
Luke 6:6 On another Sabbath, Jesus taught in the synagogue. A man with a crippled hand was there.
King James

Matthew 12:9–10 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
Mark 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
Luke 6:6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.

The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched closely to see if he would heal the man. They said to Jesus, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

Eyewitness

Matthew 12:10 where there was a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they said, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
Mark 3:2 The Pharisees were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched closely to see if he would heal the man.
Luke 6:7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched closely to see if he would heal the man.
King James

Matthew 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
Mark 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
Luke 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.

Knowing their intentions, Jesus said to the man, “Come stand in front of everyone.”

Eyewitness

Luke 6:8 Knowing their intentions, he said to the man, “Come stand in front of everyone.” The man came forward.
King James

Luke 6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.

The man came forward.

Eyewitness

Luke 6:8 Knowing their intentions, he said to the man, “Come stand in front of everyone.” The man came forward.
King James

Luke 6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.

“Is it lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath, to save life or destroy it?”

Eyewitness

Mark 3:4 “Is it lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath,to save life or destroy it?” The people did not say anything.
Luke 6:9 Jesus said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath, to save life or destroy it?”
King James

Mark 3:4 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.
Luke 6:9 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?

The people did not say anything.

Eyewitness

Mark 3:4 “Is it lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath,to save life or destroy it?” The people did not say anything.
King James

Mark 3:4 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.

“If you had a lamb that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. People are much more valuable than sheep. Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Deeply grieved at the stubbornness of their hearts, he looked upon them with anger. He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”

Eyewitness

Deuteronomy 22:4 When you’re walking down the road, if you see a man’s donkey or ox fall, don’t pretend that you didn’t see didn’t see what happened. Help the man get the animal back onto its feet.
Matthew 12:11–13 He said, “If you had a lamb that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. People are much more valuable than sheep. Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” As the man reached out, his hand became completely restored, as healthy as the other.
Mark 3:6 The Pharisees were furious and immediately met with the supporters of Herod to plot how they might kill Jesus.
Luke 6:10 He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” As the man reached out, his hand became completely restored, as healthy as the other.
King James

Deuteronomy 22:4 You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fall down by the way, and hide from your duty concerning them; you shall surely help him to lift them up again.
Matthew 12:11–13 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Mark 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Luke 6:10 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.

As the man reached out, his hand became completely restored, as healthy as the other.

Eyewitness

Matthew 12:13 He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” As the man reached out, his hand became completely restored, as healthy as the other.
Mark 3:5 Deeply grieved at the stubbornness of their hearts, he looked upon them with anger. He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” As the man reached out, his hand became completely restored, as healthy as the other.
Luke 6:10 He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” As the man reached out, his hand became completely restored, as healthy as the other.
King James

Matthew 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Mark 3:5 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.
Luke 6:10 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.

The Pharisees were furious and immediately met with the supporters of Herod to plot how they might kill Jesus.

Eyewitness

Matthew 12:14 The Pharisees were furious and immediately plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Mark 3:6 The Pharisees were furious and immediately met with the supporters of Herod to plot how they might kill Jesus.
Luke 6:11 The Pharisees and teachers were furious and began to plot what they might do to Jesus.
King James

Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
Mark 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Luke 6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.