Todays reading is from Marks Gospel, and is another example of one of the miracles of Jesus. I love this story and the way that Jesus, once again, renders the Pharisees speechless. They are trying to trap Him, and He knows it. But, since He is also the Messiah, sent to save the people, He still decides to heal the man with the withered hand anyway. I love the readings where Jesus encounters the Pharisees because He always has a quick response for what they challenge Him with that leaves them speechless. In this case, the Pharisees are trying to corner Him with their law about not doing any work on the Sabbath, but Jesus comes back at them with Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil? I love this because the Pharisees have no response for Himonce again proving that His knowledge comes from a place and a power that the Pharisees cant even comprehend.
I think that sometimes we become like the Pharisees. We challenge God with specific rules and questions, thinking that we can get around something. But, God cant be tested and so HE leaves us speechless, like the Pharisees, ashamed and confused. But, if we take time to read His word, HE will show us the true way.