By Kenny Tibbetts

   Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Mark 3:3-6


  1. Did Jesus do what the religious people expected of Him?
  1. Do you think the man with the withered hand expected Jesus to heal his hand on the Sabbath when He was forbidden to work?
  1. Have you ever thought that Jesus wouldn’t work in your life because of who you are or what you have done?

   Read the remainder of Mark chapter three. Consider how often Jesus is not what He was expected to be, and that He doesn’t always do what we want or hope He will do.

   Ask God to give you new eyes to see that even when your expectations aren’t met He is totally good and totally in control. Pray that our weekend services would reach people with the Good News that Jesus is good even when life isn’t.

Bible Reading Plan - Day 140

Judges 6-7

Ps 107:8–19

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