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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bible Story Of Healing the man With the Withered hand

Here is a faith based story from the bible of the man with the withered hand. What has always struck me about this story is that as I examined healings throughout the scriptures, Jesus always required some ACTION on the part of the person being healed unless the person were unconscious or possessed  or in the case of raising someone from the dead, well................dead (incapable of conscious thought on their part).

It isn't that Jesus could not heal without your participation, however He always requested the person who was being healed to participate with the above mentioned exceptions. I am NOT a biblical scholar. Just another guy who loves the Lord and believes in his voluntary death on the cross for the remission of  my sins.

Here is the essence of what happened in Mark 3:3

One Sabbath-day Jesus went into the synagogue, and there he saw a man that had a withered hand. By some means the muscles had lost their power, and he could neither use his hand nor stretch it out.
And the Pharisees watched Jesus, to see if He would heal this man on the Sabbath, that they might bring a charge against Him of breaking the law. They asked Him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath-day?" and He replied by asking who among them, if he had a sheep which had fallen into a pit on the Sabbath-day, would 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 good on the Sabbath-day."
Then said He to the man, "Stretch for thine hand." And he stretched it forth, and it was made whole and healthy like the other.
Then the Pharisees went out and held a council against Him, to consider how they might destroy Him; but when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from that part, and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

(My Input) I believe that Jesus could snap his fingers, or blink his eyes, or simply say the words, "Be thou healed to every diabetic on the planet" if he choose to. I have to believe that out there somewhere are stories about just that. There have been people healed of all manner of disease throughout the bible and it is still happening today. Jesus did NOT heal his hand first and then say to him, "Give that hand a try, see if it feels any better" He asked him to STRETCH FORTH THY HAND before he healed him. He was asking the man for a demonstration of FAITH.

I am writing this blog for (2) reasons:

  • It forces me to do my homework and research so I can pass what I have learned along to you in order for you to take action and benefit from it
  • It helps me to stay on track and eat less, and exercise more. it helps me to be more selective in the type of foods I eat and the type of exercise I do. In Hosea 4:6 it says

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

"Make no little plans, they have no energy to stir the blood" Daniel Burnham


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