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Date: December 23

Category: Divine Healing

Mark 3:5b
"Hold out your hand. He held it out, and his hand was [completely] restored."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiAt this time, Jesus went into a synagogue where He saw a man with one withered hand, which became withered because of an accident or disease (verse 1). This man's hand was completely useless. He couldn't do anything with it. So as he was sitting in the synagogue worshipping God on the Sabbath day, Jesus walked in. Then in verse 2 we read that the Pharisees kept a close eye on Jesus to see if He would heal the man on the Sabbath day. According to the Jewish customs, the Sabbath day was the day of rest. So these religious leaders were looking for an opportunity to accuse Jesus of working on the Sabbath.

It's very difficult for us to be accused of something, even if we have done wrong. Nobody likes accusations. But it's even more difficult to be accused of something when we've done right. Whenever Jesus was accused, He was always accused for doing right. In this case, the Pharisees wanted to accuse Jesus of healing someone on the Sabbath day.

So when Jesus saw the man with the withered hand, He told him to stand up in the midst of everybody (verse 3). Whenever Jesus healed the sick, He always wanted everyone around to see because healing was evidence of divine power. Then we read in verse 4 that as Jesus brought the man to the middle of the synagogue, He looked at the people and said, "Is it lawful and right on the Sabbath to do good or to evil, to save life or to take it?" The crowd didn't say anything.

So then in verse 5b we read that Jesus looked at the man with the withered hand and gave him a command. The command was, "Hold out your hand." In other words, Jesus commanded a man to do something he couldn't do, something he could only do by the power of God. Being obedient to what God said made it possible for this man to hold out his hand. Then the rest of verse 5b says, "He held it out, and his hand was [completely] restored."

It's interesting to notice that this is how Jesus healed the man. This was always how Jesus healed people. He always gave them a command. For example, whenever Jesus was casting out a devil, He always commanded the devil to leave. He never negotiated with the devil or tried to persuade the devil to leave. He simply gave a command because He had all authority and power to do so. Think back to the story of the Ten Lepers. God healed them when they acted based on what Jesus commanded them. In Luke 17:14 we read, "And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean" They didn't get healed right there and then. They got healed when they went to show themselves to the priests.

So in this case, Jesus gave the man with a withered hand a command to hold out his hand. Then once he did, his hand was completely restored. He gained full use of his hand just as he had before. This man's obedience to the command of Jesus shows that he believed he could be healed. That's why he acted in obedience. But if he had any doubts in his heart, then he would never have been able to lift his hand and he would never have received his healing.

So when we are trusting God for a miracle in our lives, we are to command things to happen in Jesus' name. Then we are to act in obedience to the Word of God. That's how healing comes. But if we ask questions and doubt the Word of God, then we are only stopping the miracle from taking place in our lives. That's why we are to act in obedience and faith, just as this man with the withered hand did. So today, if you are in need of a miracle, let this be an encouragement to you. Healing comes when we command it to come by faith in the name of Jesus Christ and when we embrace the commandments of God through obedience.

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