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For a few days now, I have gone back to read and reread an account in the Gospel of Luke. Come with me …

On a particular Sabbath day, Jesus was found teaching in the synagogue, and present was a man whose right hand was withered.

The scribes and Pharisees kept close watch on Jesus to see for an accusation to lodge against Him. Jesus, being one step ahead of them and completely aware of their thoughts, asks the man to come forward.

Jesus addresses, not the man, but the scribes and Pharisees with this question:

“I ask you whether it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do harm, to save a life or to destroy it?” (Luke 6:9, NASB)

Receiving no response, He then addresses the man, “Stretch out your hand!” The man does and the hand is fully restored.

Luke then gives us this bit of information:

But they themselves were filled with senseless rage, and began discussing together what they might do to Jesus.(verse 11, NASB)

The scribes and Pharisees were filled with such rage – at what? A healing? Or is it their lack of control over Jesus?

Scripture describes it as “senseless rage”. Exactly. 

Senseless = nonsensical, nonsense, stupid, foolish, meaningless.

Their rage made no sense; it had no logic upon which to base their response.

They were filled with rage because they couldn’t put Jesus in a box. Not in a tomb either. And neither can we.

We cannot control how the Lord responds, what He does, or won’t do. But we can submit to Him, learn from Him, and obey Him. 

The man with the withered hand was given a simple command, “Get up and come forward!” He did so in obedience and received his healing.

“Get up and come forward!”
When we humbly obey,
we too, can have our withered souls restored.

A farmer, and rancher, J.D. Winiger brings much wisdom from the lessons he observes each day. It’s been a most challenging season of drought this summer, and then came some rains. J.D. writes, “What I realized was how God was restoring my soul as much as He was the land.” You can read all  he is learning from this time of drought in his post, The God Who Restores, HERE.


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