19 Jesus Healed a man with a shrivelled hand on Sabbath

UNIT #: 
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Lesson Theme: 
God is Love and the laws given by God were with the spirit of love
Aim: 

To understand that the laws given by God were given with the spirit of love; we are to follow it with love and justice in mind and in action, and not just blindly following it by the word.

Bible Passage: 

Mark 3:1-5

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Man with a Withered Hand

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Gospel of Mark was written by John Mark, believed to be a close associate of Simon Peter.  Chronologically this is the first Gospel ever written.  Mark's Gospel is also believed to be the account of the life and work of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Simon Peter.  Mark presents Jesus as the servant of God who is ready and willing to do God's will anytime, because a faithful servant always knows the intentions of  his master.  

In Chapter 2: 23-27,  we see Jesus justifying his disciples in front of the Pharisees for picking and eating grain while they were going through a grain field on  a Sabbath, and Jesus quoted the scripture and told them about David and his companions eating the consecrated bread which only the priests can eat.  Jesus then told them that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.  Jesus then completed this conversation quoting that the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath and this angered the pharisees even more.

It is after the above incident, on a Sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going into the synagogue and there Jesus saw the man with the withered hand.  The pharisees and other religious leaders were waiting to find fault with Jesus and Jesus immediately knew there intention and was angered by their insensitivity to the needs of the people and asked them whether which is lawful to do good or evil or to save or kill  on the Sabbath? they did not respond and Jesus was angered by their stubborn heart and healed the man in front of them.  Jesus knew the consequence of his action.  The Pharisees and other religious leaders went out in anger and began to plot to kill Jesus.

 

Main Ideas: 

Todays lesson is taken from the Gospel of Mark.  Let us learn some interesting facts about Mark's Gospel.  Gospel means 'good news'.  The author of this Gospel is John Mark, however he was not one of the twelve disciples.  John Mark's uncle was Barnabas, who was Paul's companion.  John Mark accompanied Paul in his first missionary journey for a short time.  Simon Peter was a close associate of John Mark.  Mark's Gospel is the first Gospel ever written and the shortest of the four Gospel's.  

 

In today's lesson we learn about how Jesus reveals the heart of his father the God almighty.  God is love.  The Laws given by God through Moses were given in love for His creation, so that the people will know the one true God and live a peaceful and satisfying life among themselves, if they kept and obeyed the laws. However the religious leaders over the time added more and more to the laws given by God to have control over the people and completely ignored the intention of God when He gave the law.  In todays lesson we learn how Jesus questions the religious leaders as to their way of keeping Sabbath holy.  

In the earlier chapter (Chapter 2:23-27), we see the Pharisees accusing Jesus's disciples for breaking the laws of Sabbath when the disciples while passing through a grain field started picking grain heads and began to eat them.  Jesus immediately reminded the Pharisees the story of David and his companions going into the temple and eating the consecrated bread which only the priests can eat.  God did not punish David or his companions for eating it, as they were hungry and there was no other bread available and David was hiding from Saul who was trying to kill him.  Jesus reminded the Pharisees that the  laws were given by God for the welfare of the people.  In the same way the 4th commandment was given to keep the seventh day holy so that the people will rest from their labor of six days and spend time for worship and rest.  Then Jesus told the Pharisees that the Sabbath was created by God for man and not man for Sabbath.

In the Bible portion for today we see Jesus entering the synagogue and seeing a man with a withered or disfigured hand and saw the same Pharisees and religious readers who were watching Jesus whether he would heal that man on that Sabbath day.   Jesus immediately knew there intentions (you might ask how? the answer is - because he is the Son of God) and boldly asked the man with the withered hand to stand in front of everyone.  Then Jesus asked the Pharisees and the religious leaders, which is the right thing to do on Sabbath, do good or do evil?  They did not answer, because there is only one answer and that was to do good.  If they said that, they will be justifying what Jesus is going to do anyway.  Jesus caught them in their own trick.  So they kept quiet, and Jesus was deeply troubled by their hard heartedness.  So Jesus asked the man to stretch his hand and he stretched it out  and his hand was completely restored and became just like his other good hand.  The Pharisees and other religious leaders were angry as Jesus caught them in their own trick and walked out of the synagogue in anger and began to plot to kill Jesus.  

From the bible portion for today we learn again from Jesus the importance of keeping the Sabbath as well as doing the right thing on Sabbath.  Jesus by his word and action showed us that it is better to be merciful and kind rather than following the law by the word. 

You might ask, how did Jesus do this? The answer is,  Jesus is the Son of God, who is part of the Trinitarian God (God the Father, the Son and the Holly Spirit) who created everything in the universe, including you and me and have the power to do it.   When you learn about the other miracles Jesus did, you will understand this clearly.

 

 

 

Activities: 

Read through the four Gospels to find out the miracles Jesus did.  All the miracles Jesus did shows us that he had the power and authority over God's creation.  This is a long term project for you.  List out the one you liked the most and tell it in class by the end of the Sunday School year.

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Lesson Review: 

1. What is the meaning of the word Gospel?

a. Go and spell it b. an account of what happened c. good news d. Biblical word (Answer c. good news)

2. What does Jesus reveal to us through the gospel portion and the lesson today?

a. God is love and we have to love each other b. God is a strict and angry God c. God does not care d. God want us to be punished for our sins  (Answer a. God is love and we have to love each other)

3. Why did God give the Laws to the people?

a. People asked for it b. So that the people will know the real God and live peacefully among themselves c. God wanted to control them d. God can punish them if they disobey (Answer b. So that the people will know the real God and live peacefully among themselves)

4. Sabbath was created by God for who?

a. For God b. For the priests c. For the Judges d. For the people. (Answer d. For the people)

5. Why did God gave the 4th Commandment or why did God asked the 7th day to be kept holly?

a. Because it is a holiday b. So that the people can rest from their labor of six days and find time to worship God c. People can do other things than work d. To sleep till mid day. (Answer b. So than the people can rest from their labor of six days and find time to worship God)

6.  Why did Jesus and his disciples went to the synagogue?

a. To heal the sick b. To have conference with the religious leaders c. It was a Sabbath day and they went to worship God d. To take rest. (Answer c. It was a Sabbath day and they went to worship God)

7. Why did the Pharisees and the religious leaders think that Jesus was breaking the law of Sabbath by healing the man with a withered hand on Sabbath?

a. They considered Jesus healing the man as a form of work  b. They did not like the miracles Jesus did c. Jesus's miracles made them look bad as they couldn't do anything even closer to it d. During Sabbath everybody is supposed to go to the synagogue and sit there and do nothing. (Answer a. They considered Jesus healing the man as a form of work)

8. Why was Jesus grieved as the Pharisees and religious leaders kept silent and did not reply ?

a. Jesus was saddened by their hard heartedness a. 

8. What does Jesus teach us by healing the man with the withered hand?

a. Working on Sabbath is ok b. Sick people need doctor's c. Showing mercy towards another human being is more important than just following the law by the word. d. Healing the sick is God's business (Answer c. Showing mercy towards another human being is more important than just following the law by the word.

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Memory Verse: 

James 4:17

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.

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