Devotional-The Pharisees Miss the Miracle- AJ Iovino

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies
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Devotional 

THE PHARISEES MISS THE MIRACLE 

Anthony Iovino-June 16, 2007

Main Scripture Passage:

MARK 3:1-6

 

1Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2Some 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. 3Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

 4Then 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.

 5He 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. 6Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

 

It is the Sabbath and Jesus is in the synagogue.  Mark does not go into great detail here, but I am sure our Lord was in prayer and His heart was pure before God.  Our Lord attended the synagogue with the proper attitude.  The Pharisees, however, are not off to good start on this Sabbath Day.  Their deceitful hearts were already looking for a reason accuse and plot against Jesus.  A man with a shriveled hand is in attendance as he may have heard of all the miracles Jesus was performing.  Jesus asks the man to show himself in front of everyone.  Then Jesus asks a question..”Which is lawful on the Sabbath:  to do good or to do evil?”  (Mark 3:4).  The Pharisees remain silent.  Jesus then looks around at each of them in righteous anger.  His heart is distressed at their stubborn hearts.  Jesus could see right through these men, just like He can see right through you and I.  Where are our hearts today?  Are they following legalistic rules and missing out on loving others?  Are we missing the miracles?  Are our hearts so hardened that if we did witness a miracle we would turn away and deny it?  Well, Jesus healed the man with the shriveled hand.  This healing was instant and complete.  Witnessing this miracle did not have any effect on the Pharisees, for their minds were made up.  They would continue to plot to kill Jesus.

Friends, God has patience (Romans 9:22-23) and he wants all to come to repentance.  God’s patience will not last forever.  One day He will call us into account for our hard hearts.  If you are like the Pharisees—missing the miracle, then I urge you to open the eyes of your heart and receive Christ today.  Turn to Jesus, humble yourself and enter into perfect peace.  Renew your strength and soar like an eagle.  Do not miss the miracle!

Prayer:

Dear Lord in heaven, thank you for your wonderful miracles.  I know, father that we often times harden our hearts and lose sight of your great and mighty works.  Enlighten our hearts and minds.  Enable us to walk in the cool of the day with you.  May we not become like many of the Pharisees and miss the miracle of salvation that is available to all…

In Jesus’ Name- Amen

 

Devotional- The Pharisees Miss The Miracle- Anthony Iovino 7-16-07

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